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A Memorial Day Poem: Wounded Soldier

Author:

Mark Tulin is an author who lives in California. He has four books of poetry and one short story collection, available on Amazon.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that honors and mourns those who served in the military. People who fought in wars often come home injured physically or emotionally from all the trauma they witnessed. Many don't come home at all. Memorial Day is a time to preserve their memory.

Wounded Soldier, by Mark Tulin

Come here wounded soldier

Let me dress your wounds

Let me remove the arrows

from your heart

The shrapnel from your eyes

Let me give you a small comfort

A reprieve from all that is wrong

with the world

Let me offer you a blessing

right by the train tracks,

at your gravesite

The cross white and bold

The grass overgrown

A bouquet of flowers on Memorial Day

that signifies all your battles

lost and won.

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Comments

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on June 02, 2021:

Thank you, Miebakagh.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on June 02, 2021:

Yes, Linda. Even if we don’t agree with our country’s position on war, there are human lives lost, on both sides.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on June 01, 2021:

Yes. And a wonderful memorial day to all USA citizens.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2021:

This is a moving poem, Mark. I think it’s important to remember the soldiers who lost their lives in battle. Your poem does this beautifully.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on June 01, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda for those kind words. “small token we give to those who gave their all.” So true.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 31, 2021:

Mark

A touching poem which represents what small token we give to those who gave their all.

I know many who battle with a lifetime of nightmares from being in a war.

It isn't easy for them, but I honestly believe they would do it all again.

Very fitting for Memorial Day.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 31, 2021:

Thank you, John.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on May 31, 2021:

Thank you, Miebakagh for your fine comment and analysis.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 31, 2021:

A touching tribute to all the wounded soldiers for Memorial Day. Nice work, Mark.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 31, 2021:

Mark, emotional and yet you captured the essence of the wounded soldier in few lines and few word. Yes, these wounded soldiers need dressing for their wounds, loving balm for the heart, and blessings of rest by the grave side. What a nice verse. Thanks for the read.

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