To those who marched off boldly
Determined to free the world,
To those who stumbled into service
Seeking a better life,
To those who could no longer sit
Anxiously in the sidelines,
To those who only wanted to stitch the
Wounded back together,
To those who fell because
They lived along
The quickest path
We remember. We regret.
We hope to not repeat.
Yet, even as we mourn,
A catchy tune
Lures us into war’s insatiable jaw.
I wish you peace in your after life.
A cool drink and quiet audience
For your story
And all eternity
To dream in peace.