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Memorial Day

It's not about barbeques,
Hamburgers and franks
It's a day set aside,
For offering our thanks,
For those who died,
Or were injured or maimed
To fight against evil,
Whatever it's named

Pity that God couldn't 
Give them this day,
To let them come back home,
To their families and stay

Just one day a year
To retaste their love,
And let their dear souls,
Know how we think of them
While they're above,

They sacrificed their greatest gift
To keep us safe 
Though in sadness we drift

No more Thanksgiving dinners,
Movies or pies,
Just a host of loved ones
Who can't dry their eyes

I salute you dear brothers in arms,
Men, women, children with innocent charms,
You've done your job,
So adequately well,
It's up to us now,
We live in hell.
Sorrow so heavy
we bend at the knees
No trick or substitution
Ever will please

We hang up your picture
But it doesn't talk back
The love we did share,
We now sorely do lack

Your family and friends,
And your whole country too
Does cry for your sacrifice,
And salute you.


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  1. Date: 6/7/2012 11:44:00 AM

    I still miss you so much Tom. I love reading your poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/11/2011 7:09:00 AM

    Miss you so much Tom. Until we meet again Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 8:19:00 AM

    a very beautiful piece of poetry, by a beautiful man, Rest in piece my dear friend.

  1. Date: 8/10/2010 8:03:00 PM

    I have heard your name on the soup, you were a man loved by many, and reading your poem today, it is easy to see why, rest in peace Tom Bell~~

  1. Date: 11/18/2009 6:53:00 AM

    Listening To Your poetry 4real..

  1. Date: 10/2/2009 2:55:00 PM

    missing you!

  1. Date: 5/13/2009 11:59:00 AM

    Tom, can't believe it's almost a year. Still can't believe you're gone. Love you buddy, always will. xoxo

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 10:19:00 AM

    God bless them.

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 2:40:00 PM

    hi jeff so sorry for your loss. connie

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 2:29:00 PM

    miss you tom, coming to visit you in may on the 25 .LOVe Connie

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 11:06:00 PM

    I Love you Pops! RIP

  1. Date: 10/3/2008 4:08:00 PM

    Hi tom well its been 4 month since you left us.I miss a whole bunch. And have no one to talk too. So I though I put all of my feeling under your last poem. Listen to our music everyday. Today is Oct. 3 08. Last year at this time we meet after 37 years/ You are always on my mind .Hope you are writing you tit bids, luv connie.

  1. Date: 7/25/2008 4:30:00 PM

    I'm so sorry Tom. We never quite got around to our phone call where you were going to play your band's awesome rendition of Soul Sacrifice for me. I'm so sorry. I didn't think for a moment time would be so short. Hope you forgive me. I miss you, and it hurts very much. Hope you are happier than you have ever known. Love you. Come visit anytime. Love always, Shar xoxoxo

  1. Date: 7/11/2008 3:06:00 PM

    a very moving piece of poetry. and so true. freedom is not free, and we need to be very thankful for our boys who have given their lives for that freedom..