RESPECT

Veteran’s Day plays in my head like a song.
It won’t be long before voices strong
intone in one voice; one accord.
The sword of truth cuts deeply, it does not choose.
But today, I sing the blues for every brave soul
reared in courage and sacrifice that had paid the supreme price.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Trouble in mind will find a place to burrow,
a furrowed brow in concern for a mission
to which I surrender my support, resorting
to whatever backing is lacking. You will be strong.
The chain of fools can bluster, but their brass
lacks the luster of each combat ready warrior!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Think of what it means to a nation struggling
to rise above, steeped in life, love and liberty.
Free to be whatever we envision, sometimes
in division. But for you, we come to stand together and tall.
Call me to stand in your defense, as you
have stood in mine. You built this “house”, Jack!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Say it isn’t so! Some go through this life giving no
credence to the selflessness you offer. Clueless,
they are lost in daydreaming, seemingly uncaring.
Your daring and strength pave the road,
to this free way, with love. You make me feel proud.
Until you come back I’ll say it loud.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

A timely poem based on the songs of Aretha Franklin

POETIC ASIDES NOVEMBER CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE – DAY 11: TIMELY/TIMELESS POEMS

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