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Lest We Forget

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49 Day Tribute at the FL Capitol building

Lest We Forget

 

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget,

Don’t turn away from your fellow man again;

One nation indivisible are we; yet,

 

Divided by self-interest, self-doubt, regret,

This lonely wound wastes away, pain.

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget:

 

This day, hatred collects her debt,

Torn asunder, an iron rain.

Are we one nation indivisible? Yet-

 

Look at the flags, waving in the sunset,

For each life lost, they stand urbane.

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget:

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The many faces of our brethren, set

Together, candles and tokens side by side lain,

One nation indivisible, are we yet?

 

 

Under the skin: same blood, same sweat;

Free to choose love or hate, hope or pain,

Don’t close your eyes, lest you forget:

One nation indivisible, we are yet.

 

Note:  On Saturday I visited the tribute to the Orlando shooting victims at the FL state capitol here in Tallahassee.  This poem is my reaction to the tragedy.  Sadly, it seems that for every mass casualty event we as a country come together briefly, then are divided again.  I just hope that no one ever forgets that even though everyone has different opinions, we are still one country, one people.

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