THAT THESE MEN SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN

Updated: Nov 12, 2021


I came by a man

Kneeling

On hallowed fodder

Praying

Praying for his forefather


I listened quietly

Unnoticed

Silent

As the man spoke

Not of hardship

And grief

But of thanksgiving

That a nation

Was reborn out

Of strife

And

Suffering

And gruesome death


He thanked God

For watching over

His chosen Nation

He remembers

His heritage

He remembers slavery

And on one knee

He remembers

That once brother

Fought brother

That both could be free.


The man

Dressed in his great grandfather’s

Uniform

Out of respect

Prayed thanksgiving

And thanked God Almighty

That his kin

Died a free man!


The man rose

And looked

Right through me

You see I had died

Beside his kin