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Memorial Day Poems

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PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Father and daughter Sakshi Das Rhyme memorial day, dad, daughter, father, heart,
Most Martyrs Namit V Shah Free verse dark, irony, memorial day,
She waits MRi.jagdish bajantri Romanticism chocolate, happiness, memorial day,
EVERYTHING Tatiana Nde Sonnet memorial day, beautiful, birth, blessing, christian,
HOLD HIM LIKE THE HOLY CROSS V.MUTHU MANICKAM Free verse faith, inspirational, memorial day,
Premium Member Poem The Map Dennis Spilchuk Verse memorial day, america, education, history, independence
Poppy Day Pride Ceinwen Tidley Couplet memorial day, remembrance day,
Their Sacrifice Made John Steward Verse memorial day, conflict, meaningful, memorial, memorial
Premium Member Poem IF YOU PULL A LONG FACE - Part Two - Continued T Wignesan Dramatic Monologue memorial day, death, destiny, halloween, humor,
Starting School Education Runping Chen Free verse childhood, education, memorial day,
Waiting Rachel Schlichting Sestina memorial day, child, i miss you,
Respect M. L. Kiser Acrostic memorial day, death, farewell, funeral, memorial
Delai Lamas bench, Anglesey Jeffrey Heathfield Couplet memorial day, appreciation, beauty, faith, inspiration,
Premium Member Poem Cordon Kevin Lawrence Prose Poetry memorial day, metaphor, veterans
The Revving Roar of Rolling Thunder Elizabeth Wyler Sonnet america, memorial day, military,
Premium Member Poem Mental health stigma Gordon Alexander Free verse memorial day, mental illness,
Dark Shadows Rico Leffanta Verse memorial day, death, grave, love, lust,
White Marker Aurore Severo Free verse memorial day, peace, war,
Memorial Day Paul Callus Senryu memorial day,
In Memoriam Andy Sprouse Free verse memorial day, death, friendship, life, love,
Premium Member Poem Gloom and Doom Music Caren Krutsinger Free verse memorial day,
Premium Member Poem Heroes Charles Gragg Prose memorial day,
Premium Member Poem MEMORIAL DAY Kim Rodrigues Quatrain memorial day,
Unforgettable Day Tim Peterson Senryu memorial day, war,
Premium Member Poem Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier Jim Slaughter Epitaph appreciation, memorial day,
Premium Member Poem Where have all the young men gone Jim Slaughter Quatrain hero, memorial day, war,
Premium Member Poem My Most Memorable Memorial Day Carol Connell Free verse memorial day, america, appreciation, children, memorial
Premium Member Poem I sing my song Jim Slaughter Quatrain memorial day, peace, song,
Premium Member Poem The Reason to Remember Sandra Weiss Rhyme memorial day, america, appreciation, blessing, freedom,
I Hate Memorial Day Keith Peterson Narrative memorial day, america, beach, celebration, holiday,
Premium Member Poem Rights Carry Responsibility Artsieladie Sharon Donnelly Rhyme memorial day, america, freedom, hero, memorial
Memorial Day roger turner Prose Poetry memorial day, america, community, inspiration, memorial,
Daniel, A Special Breed curtis johnson Prose memorial day, america, appreciation, history, holiday,
Hardest Days Kethushan Aravinth Blank verse memorial day, change, feelings, first love,
The Missing Steve Zak Narrative memorial day, world war
BRUTALITY JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, conflict, dark, death, eulogy,
BELIEF JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, angst, conflict, death, destiny,
PTSD JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, anger, angst, bereavement, conflict,
Essay On Drums JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, angst, bereavement, dark, death,
Remembering JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, angst, anniversary, bereavement, death,
VNV Rap Group JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, age, angst, endurance, introspection,
Flanders Lamented JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, soldier, veterans
The Clock JW Nugent Free verse memorial day, dark, deep, introspection, memorial
Premium Member Poem Poppies among the Crosses J P Marmaro Elegy grave, loss, memorial day,
TUFF GONG-IAN MUNYWE FEB 06 1945-MAY 11 1981 PART 2 ian munywe Elegy memorial day, africa, hero, life, memorial,
my gran that never dies ANDREW KELLY ABC memorial day, death of a friend,
ROLL OF HONOUR Jacqueline van der Wath Rhyme death, memorial day, memory,
The Ultimate Sacrifice David G. Moore Rhyme memorial day, america, courage, death, grief,
A Gift of Freedom Johnny Martinez Rhyme memorial day, america, courage, death, dedication,
Soldiers Plight Johnny Martinez Narrative memorial day, america, conflict, courage, death,

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Memorial Day Poems. Above are examples of poems about memorial day. This list of memorial day poems is composed of the works of modern international poet members of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of memorial day poetry. This list of works about memorial day is an excellent resource for examples on how to write memorial day poems.

Memorial Day Poem Example

Solomon Mahlangu: My Blood will Nourish the Tree that will Bear the Fruits of Freedom

(special thanks to a friend who shared this tribute to Solomon Mahlangu)

Solomon Mahlangu: My Blood will Nourish the Tree that will Bear the Fruits of Freedom:

Solomon Mahlangu was trained as an MK soldier with a view to later rejoining the struggle in the country.

He left South Africa after the Soweto Uprising of 1976 when he was 19 years old, and was later chosen to be part of an elite force to return to South Africa to carry out a mission commemorating the June 16th 1976 Soweto student uprising.

After entering South Africa through Swaziland and meeting his fellow comrades in Duduza, on the East Rand (east of Johannesburg), they were accosted by the police in Goch Street in Johannesburg.

In the ensuing gun battle two civilians were killed and two were injured, and Mahlangu and Motloung were captured while acting as decoys so that the other comrade could go and report to the MK leadership.

Motloung was brutally assaulted by the police to a point that he suffered brain damage and was unfit to stand trial, resulting in Mahlangu facing trial alone.

He was charged with two counts of murder and several charges under the Terrorism Act, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Though the judge accepted that Motloung was responsible for the killings, common purpose was argued and Mahlangu was found guilty on two counts of murder and other charges under the Terrorism Act.

On 15 June 1978 Solomon Mahlangu was refused leave to appeal his sentence by the Rand Supreme Court, and on 24 July 1978 he was refused again in the Bloemfontein Appeal Court.

Although various governments, the United Nations, International Organizations, groups and prominent individuals attempted to intercede on his behalf, Mahlangu awaited his execution in Pretoria Central Prison, and was hanged on 6 April 1979.

His hanging provoked international protest and condemnation of South Africa and Apartheid.

In fear of crowd reaction at the funeral the police decided to bury Mahlangu in Atteridgeville in Pretoria.

On 6 April 1993 he was re-interred at the Mamelodi Cemetery, where a plaque states his last words:

‘My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom.

Tell my people that I love them.

They must continue the fight.’

Mahlangu died for a cause!


The Struggle Continues…

(special thanks to a friend who shared this tribute to Solomon Mahlangu)

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