A checklist for Memorial Day
Go look in on your children still asleep
within their bed.
Remind yourself they’re safe and warm
because of some long dead.
Go for a walk through cemeteries
lined with little flags.
Take time to ponder homebound heroes
flown in body bags.
Go stand between those granite stones
engraved with names and dates.
Imagine all who died defending
our United States.
Go on and kneel beside a marker
offering a prayer
with gratitude for those who gave their lives
Go home and count your blessings
from the hands of those now gone.
Then vow to the Almighty that their
mem’ry will live on.