Posts Tagged ‘Veteran’

I’ll Always Remember: Revolutionary Veterans Day ImproVerse Haiku

November 10, 2015

A friend of mine’s father held extremely high rank in the Armed Services. Once one of the most powerful men in the world, as he grows older, his influence lessens. Recently he commented “Nobody remembers who I was anymore.”
I think a lot of veterans feel that way.
I once saw a Pearl Harbor vet at a gas station in Woodinville, WA. As my kids protested, I went up to him and reached out my hand. He looked startled and a little frightened, until I said “I want to thank you for your service and sacrifice.” He started to get misty-eyed, and said softly “Thank you for remembering.” His elderly wife leaned over and said, out the open window: “Thank you for remembering. Nobody remembers anymore.”
To which I responded: “I do.”

To those men, and to all the others who served, I wrote this haiku for Veterans Day:

We may not recall/
who you were anymore, but/
we know what you did.

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Who Protects Vets? Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

November 10, 2014

He protected us/
and wrecked his life. Who of us/
will now protect him?

OR

They protected us/
and wrecked their lives. Who of us/
will lift and help them?

Veterans’ Hats: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

July 10, 2014

I love that veterans/
wear hats, so I know who to/
thank for my freedoms.

Thank You On Election Day Before Veterans Day: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

November 8, 2011

Lincoln statue outside Springville, UT city hall on election day before Veterans Day

Under Lincoln’s stern/
gaze, with liberties you help/
protect, I voted.