Let Us Not Forget Them
centuries of veterans
march through the morning mist—
briskly tops out the mast—
then at half-staff,
our thoughts mourn for lives lost
in battles where foe met foe
though we lay wreathes
and fresh blooms, they too perish—
the rivers flow on
is there no end
to bloodshed in killing fields?
the Buglers play taps . . .
John Daleiden is retired from 43 years of teaching Language Arts in Iowa Public Schools. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He currently serves on the Editorial Board and Submissions Manager of Four Chambers: The Heart of Literature in Phoenix, Arizona (www.fourchamberspress.com) From 2006-2012, he was an editor and webmaster of Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms.