Near somber guards, units of children heap
dead leaves, naive to any else fallen.
Friend, you chuckle, but your posture speaks
of duty on this day of contradictions.
Firefighters bow heads in silent paean,
while polished trucks stand at attention.
Families have again answered the call
to attend this festival, so uncommon.
Here, laughter rings around the memorial
for exuberance must never be doused,
Gloriously wrought, a sculpture of angels
commiserates with each mourning house.
You say, I see valor in lives that inspire.
I see heroes and their lines of fire.
For Craig, a hero in many ways . Someone who has served his country, loves his family
deeply and always writes from the gut and heart without compromise or fear.
I think the world of you, Craig.
The Kitchener Firefighter memorial and funfest is an annual event held in the fall.
The festival is held in Civic Park, a small park adjacent to the library.
I think Craig would like it there, the juxtaposition of joy and sorrow is something I
often see in his work.
Will be blogging about this soon…