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Monday’s Muse: In Honor of Memorial Day

Since today is Memorial Day here in the U.S., I thought I’d share a poem I wrote in 2003 before the 2nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  We were all affected by that day. Two years later it was still fresh in my mind. So, I sat down and wrote this poem from a spirit still trying to make sense out of the loss of all of those lives, and how people can hate so deeply.

Today, I am remembering both of my grandfathers, one of which was a machine gunner on the banks of Normandy and made it out alive, my step-grandfather who was stationed on a battleship in the Pacific during WW2, and my father who was in Vietnam. I’m thankful that they were not called upon to give their lives in battle, and I’m proud that they served their country, not only so I could live in freedom, but so I could even be born. God bless all those who serve, have served, and will serve in the military to protect freedom, and please remember: Freedom isn’t free. You are alive and breathing because of someone who died protecting our country.

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We Will Rise

By Jessica Scott

 

We will rise.

We will rise to our feet

As a new nation,

 United.

We will rise.

 

We will rise to our knees,

As a new nation,

United,

Under fire from our enemies,

 Strong.

We will rise.

 

We will rise

As a new nation,

United,

Strong,

Indivisible by any

Except the one who made us,

Who keeps us bound together

In our humanity.

 

We will rise.

 

We will rise

To stand against those who threaten us,

Those who fear us,

Who fear the strength we possess;

Those who fear the courage we have

In our strength,

Our individuality,

Our indivisibility,

Our united commonality:

Those who fear

Our freedom.

 

Let freedom ring so all can hear

The glory we are given.

Hear the music in our voices

As we sing for freedom.

Hear us as we cry:

“We will rise!”

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Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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