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We Have Not Yet Begun

For USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6)

We Have Not Yet Begun.......... 

Some experiences leave words
inadequate to describe them
Like standing on the flight deck
of the USS Bonhomme Richard

Witnessing at sunset
the lowering of the colors
feeling the reverence and respect
shown as the flag flutters to rest
The solemn escort of the flag
that demonstrates devotion
to high ideals and freedom

Here on a ship with a name, deeply
steeped in history I am told the
motto, "I have not yet begun to fight"
Proud words that rang out long ago
from John Paul Jones

And so tradition carries on-
in the awesome technology deployed
in the constant fight against tyranny

During this tour I have learned
a whole new language
Important messages like
"Don't give up the ship"
and how the resolve of these words
shone from the eyes of every crew member.

The feeling of team-ship was strong
among them- yet I felt
as I stood at the side of a
certain Lieutenant Colonel
on that flight deck, that I
was in the presence of an American hero.

 I will long remember
my visit to the USS Bonhomme Richard

In the little booklet I was given
it stated many facts and figures; 
snippets of information of a 
mind-boggling nature-
but the smiles and conversation
the crew were so willing to give
will live -in my heart forever.

I will be thinking of them
"Launching into the abyss,"
attending to commands- like
"Darken ship" and I will bless them always
for their roles in defending
our Freedoms

"WE.... have not yet begun....
to thank you for your fight
Dear men and women
of the USS Bonhomme Richard."

Suzanne Delaney

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  1. Date: 6/4/2013 9:26:00 AM
    What a wonderful tribute. I feel the words deeply, as my own grandson is part of the Naval crew on the USS Truxtun....a destroyer .......and I know the pride of which you speak. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 1:44:00 PM
    So ofton when I think about Viet Nam I recall the last words from Hamlet "The Rest Is Silance" because I can not put it into words. I saw the darkside and it never leaves me. Iam glad there are people like yourself who honor those Who beleave in what their doing. I have trouble beleaving in anything today

  1. Date: 6/3/2013 10:29:00 AM
    A wonderful dedication Suzanne xx

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 7:24:00 PM
    Your tribute brought back memories of things I never should have forgotten. You shame me with your detail and I listen and my pride is rekindled by your loving words. Thank you, dear friend... Jake

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 6/2/2013 11:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Jake I am so happy to have re-kindled memories For you. That brings me joy. Hugs, SuZ
  1. Date: 6/2/2013 4:34:00 AM
    Great work honoring those aboard..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara

  1. Date: 6/1/2013 11:50:00 AM
    This is so beautiful, Suzanne. I can sense your awe and pride for those who fight to protect your freedom. Your worded it so well. "Launching into the abyss"...sometimes not knowing if they will return....truly brave men and women! Thanks for sharing and your lovely visit to my poem, Forgotten Gifts. Your post brought me joy! :)