In Memoriam


See the people filing thru

they stop and look

at the silent soldier

before them, he lies;

ashen-faced, stoically tensed,

silently they walk away


How ugly war is!

How hateful and cruel!

It is so … war is ugly!

Lifeless and silent,

pale and empty

the corpse stays;

youth ended


what a waste.

The grave surrounded,

mourners cry,

circling endlessly

with fixed eyes;

in the middle

the casket lies

laden with flowers

and farewell notes.

The people walk

with inundated feelings,

faces fearing

the eerie visit;

death has come

to the young,

to the old,

to them all.

Wondering when

the war would end,

but the end is uncertain.

Politicians extol

the brave young man,

but death mars

their flowery speech.

Walking slowly, tired

looking at death;

death has come

how long its visit,

nobody knows.


  • Author: rrodriguez (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 2nd, 2018 10:31
  • Comment from author about the poem: We will never get used to this... In tribute to those who are not with us on this Memorial Day.
  • Category: Reflection
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  • rrodriguez

    Wow! Interesting, I'll check it out. Thank you for reading the poem and commenting on it. I appreciate you reading it.

  • Michael Edwards

    Great write - what makes it all worse is that (to quote from one of my poems yet to be published here) so many wars are futile in concept, futile in execution and futile in outcome.

    • rrodriguez

      Thank you Michael for your comment. Looking forward to reading your poem. Thanks again!

    • Goldfinch60

      Very good and very true write, it is the innocent that die for the immorality of the leaders.

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