For all the fallen –
Enlisted or drafted
Though you are gone, you are not lost.
There is no war in my life time that is worth the cost of a single one of your lives.
My freedom can not be bought with your blood, nor the blunders of politicians.
And still I know in the moment, in that moment – you saved a life, cost a life.
Like bloodshed from any battle –
We must forever hold your sacrifice holy –
For every soldier’s life is Holy.
I forget this when we think that we can be saved by war.
I forget this when we decide to make it OK
that our brothers and sisters and daughters and sons died
by saying they died for our freedoms.
I forget this when I think that we need yet another blood sacrifice to save us.
We need not be saved by any blood sacrifice, two legged or four –
I honor the fallen, enlisted or drafted.
I honor those who paid the price for our collective forgettings,
For our failures to act in ways
That prevent wars rather than provoke them.
I honor their loss,
And my loss,
And our losses
By remembering their joy, their love, their laughter.
I honor them
By living in freedom,
By working for peace.