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What Would You Have Me Do -- A Memorial Day Tribute

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What Would You Have Me Do -- A Memorial Day Tribute

Oh gallant sons of glory, Whose years were so precious few -- In payment for the debt I owe, What would you have me do? If only I could hear, What question would you ask? To pay this debt of honor, Just what would be my task? Could your immortal spirits Meet me face to face, What would you have me do To calm your resting place? Could I breach the chasm of death And ask you to answer true, In payment for the lives you gave, What would you have me do?

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  1. Date: 8/6/2013 6:49:00 PM
    Very wonderful write, Jake, well done, Peter

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    Date: 8/6/2013 6:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Peter. I wrote this in the early 1980's along with "The Men Who Died Too Soon." Just this year I wrote "The Ballad of Sammy Taylor" all were written to commemorate Memorial Day.... I consider all of them to be some of my best work Thanks for visiting....Jake
  1. Date: 5/25/2013 12:12:00 PM
    This is BEAUTIFUL! And a well written tribute of honor and respect. Kudos to you!

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 5/25/2013 3:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Lori, You might also like 2 others I've written...."Ballad of Sammy Taylor" and "The Men Who Died Too Soon." All were written for Memorial Day..... Jake
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 7:34:00 PM
    This is excellent, John. You raised the right questions without injecting an opinion. Cheers, Roy

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    Date: 5/21/2013 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This was born of an afternoon funeral at a National Cemetery some years ago.... I left with that question that wouldn't leave me alone. Thanks, Roy, your comments are my inspiration.... Jake
  1. Date: 5/21/2013 9:38:00 AM
    What a touching tribute to those who lost their lives defending their countries--believing in good over evil. Nice one John. You know of people in Oklahoma? My prayers are there right now.

    Posey Avatar John Posey
    Date: 5/21/2013 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Kim, My heart aches for the people in Oklahoma. My family endured the Hurricane CELIA in August of 1970. You don't hear much about it... It was small and powerful.. Google "Celia" and you will see the damage it wrought. We came through unscathed. BTW thanks for your comments on my tribute...Love ya dearly... Jake