“Memorial Day” by Vicki Batkin

Pretending to ride the Grapes of Wrath
Pretending to walk the line
Pretending to make no sense.

There are so many reasons for misunderstanding
There are so many reasons for 2 sides
There are so many reasons for unearthing the romances
There are so many reasons for firing on enemy ground
There are so many reasons for TRUTH

Why would there be a memorial
Why should there be a Memorial
Why will there continue to be ‘THE’ Memorial

I don’t know to judge
I don’t know the stories
I don’t know the ‘why’
I don’t know the ‘what’
I don’t know enough…

I do know my bicycle stopped at the Pier
I do know the flags were up
I do know there were pictures
I do know some had 1 leg
I do know some had none
I do know there were 3 legged dogs
I do know enough to be sad
I do know enough to feel uncertain
I do know enough to see that….
Oh well….
“Don’t ask…Don’t tell”

Pretending it is only another Monday
Pretending it is only a matter of fact
Pretending it is the day before Tuesday
Pretending that skateboarders are only skating
Pretending to not know
Pretending to not care
Pretending to not see
Pretending to love
Pretending that it is only Monday.

Vicki Batkin

Photo by L. K. Thayer

©2010

4 comments

  1. Roz Levine · June 1, 2010

    Vicki,
    No pretending here. I love this poem. It captures the complicated emotions so many of us feel about the wounds of war. I could picture it all.
    Great work!
    xoxo
    Roz

  2. lkthayer · June 1, 2010

    Very moving as we all go about our days pretending….thank you for shining a light of remembrance for those not as lucky as we. Fantastic work Vicki.

  3. Candice Rosales · June 3, 2010

    I love this Vick…i miss hearing your poetry! love your read and sung!

  4. Julie · June 8, 2010

    God, this is fabulous! The power of the method.

    xoxox

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