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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Nightmares haunt him in his sleep
The faces of soldiers he couldn't keep 

His body drenched in sweat, yet 
shivering with chill
As I lay beside him wishing peace 
within would hold him still

He sees their shadows in memories 
throughout the day
Yet he wakes and pushes on, willing it 

The fireworks displayed on many 
Remind him of sounds from those 
horrid days 

He defended our country, his actions 
are with honor
Yet in his reflection he cannot see the 
valor in the mirror 

Scars from battle are visible on his skin
But the scars run so much deeper 

He walks with regret because he no 
longer serves and protects
His body worn down, but he worries 
about the men that he feels he neglects

A man of honor, a soldier, a vet
Someone many easily forget

Their sacrifices are more than most 
can imagine 
The simple idea many could not fathom

So, today remember those who have 
fallen and do not forget
To be thankful for the service of our 

Copyright © Danielle Ste | Year Posted 2013


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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 2:35:00 PM

    Congrats on your win. AO
  1. Date: 5/29/2013 12:00:00 PM

    This is an excellent tribute to those men(and women). Its hard to write these kind of tributes without sounding too cliche, but you pulled it off beautifully!
  1. Date: 5/28/2013 8:57:00 PM

    Danielle. Congratulations, with your awesome poem. Goodnight~LINDA
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 7:53:00 PM

    Very descriptive. A good reminder of the sacrifices of our troops. Love, Kim