Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring Heroes

As the clock strikes 12, Memorial Day begins. Parades, speeches, barbecues, and get togethers are planned for the event. They are the typical of the traditions celebrated at this time of year. Besides these, of utmost concern is the remembering of American heroes who served and sacrificed their lives. Joseph Campbell said, "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." Let us stop to reflect on this for a brief moment while engaging in activities with family and friends.

The above five-line poem with a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count poem is a tanka. It originated in Japan as a waka, a Japanese song or verse. 


Words convey a message of importance. At the turn of the 20th century holiday postcards were popular. You can see a few of the colorful antique Memorial Day postcards that I own. Thoughts expressed were sent out to family and friends. While postcard writing is not prevalent as in the Victorian days, blogging and tweeting have become ways to communicate with those far away. 

Enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday. Do you have a Memorial Day tradition other than those mentioned that you engage in with your family? I am starting a new one, writing a poem for each Memorial Day. Last year's poem can be accessed here.

Join my Poetry Parade as I salute
American heroes today.