Friday, April 24, 2009

for the fallen

i am sitting in the lull of the house after dinner

and girls scootering around tied together with a skipping rope

and husband chatting to his mother

and poodle barking at and chasing the cat

and rain on the roof

and the soft hum of this amazing equipment

and i want to thank the amazing humans who went to war,

those who fell

those who returned

those who lost love

those who kept going

i never want to have to know what they did

see what they did

feel what they did

but i know i have this quiet house, in this beautiful country in no small part because of them - their youthful, ignorant, passionate, horrible sacrifice

and as clumsily as i am expressing it

i have gratitude and plan to go to the dawn parade tomorrow to honour them

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