Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FALLEN'S DAY by jjméndez

       by jjméndez

Unknown or forgotten
I ask myself everyday 
and not just on Veterans’ Day…

Is there really a difference 
I wonder…  Between our Vets 
who are still walking
and those that find 
themselves six feet under?

In this land of runaway
lop-sided democracy 
where we still enjoy 
our right to say
whatever we please 
and worship freely (or not)
on Veterans’ Day 
we glorify our dead Vets 
but often look past the plight 
of the living still dealing 
with deep wounds in body or spirit.

We swallow the reasons 
we are given for killing 
and keep on believing 
the hyperbolic stories 
we are fed by a State 
controlled by the filth 
and greed of the those 
on the Hill and Wall Street.

Either way, my dear friends
the daily reality not just 
on Veterans’ Day is 
our Vets’ life is often a mess 
whether alive or laid down to rest.

If dead, it’s one less dog tag 
walking the land of the living.
If still breathing, the forgotten Vet 
wonders if anyone really cares 
and settle for living in hell 
right here in this land of the free.

So tell me again, my patriotic 
brothers and sisters as you cheer 
and celebrate…what will it take 
to end the growing number
of soldiers unknown and forgotten?

Brave soldiers —those dead 
and those living— who gave 
the best of their years
just so that you and I 
can live somewhere 
between the lies and the fears 
we are fed to commemorate 
the scars in the living and 
the loss of the unfortunate 
fallen on this Veterans’ Day…
© jjméndez, November 11, 2014

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