In Memorium

“O say does that star spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

I woke up at 7am on Memorial Day to the sight and sound of pouring rain, and instantly was struck with an inspiration for this poem.

I want to take a minute to thank all of the veterans and currently serving soldiers, as well as their families for what they have gone through, are going through, or what may come.  My dad was once a marine and I have several generations of military servicemen in my genes. But I couldn’t imagine losing someone to war. Thank you for your sacrifices and for remaining strong through all of the hardships. It is truly so appreciated, and know that you have so many people walking behind you on this journey.

On this day

Even God sheds tears for

The men and women who fought,

Who died,

To uphold the freedom of their nation.

These men and women paid the ultimate price, to protect,

To serve,

And to give future generations

A place to call home.

Soldiers lost their lives.

Families lost their mothers and fathers,

Brothers and sisters,

Sons and daughters,

Wives and husbands.

All of them are heroes.

All of them deserved better.

And all of them are remembered,

Honored, and loved.

On this day,

The people of this nation

Weep for those who’ve gone.

And God weeps for those they left behind.

This Town

This poem pretty much speaks for itself… Enjoy.

 

I stood for many sunsets on this roof,

watching the golden horizon exchange for the blue-black darkness of night.

I made more plays than I can count

on that softball field the next generation practices on.

There’s the cinema I worked in,

now owned by a new company.

This is where the local theatre used to be,

where I performed before it was shut down.

This place holds so many things.

My memories. My family. My childhood.

Unfortunately in this new chapter of my life,

there is no room in my mind for

this small town.

It has given me everything it could

but now it’s just not enough.

I don’t want to live and die

in this same Central Pennsylvanian lifestyle.

I want to broaden my mind.

I want to see the world.

I don’t want to constantly walk

on eggshells, pretending to be friends

with people who

ridiculed me

and treated me like I was nothing,

which is what I was until now.

Thank you, small town, for getting me here,

and thank you for your hospitality.

But I’m going onward and upward.

To new, and much greater things.

All my love,

Corrine.