I heard a beautiful poem recited recently that was written by a New York poet laureate (didn't catch his name) for his son's military school in Arizona. It's title included the word memorial. The closing lines were something like -
Tell of love when you tell their story
It gives a name to their sacrifice
And takes from war its glory.
I am looking for the entire poem.
Any help is appreciated.
Here you go:
EACH TIME YOU TELL THEIR STORY
No soldiers choose to die.
It’s what they risk by being
who and where they are.
It’s what they dare while saving
someone else whose life means
suddenly as much to them
To honor them
why speak of duty or the will
Think first of love
each time you tell their story.
It gives their sacrifice a name
and takes from war its glory.
Poem inscribed on the entrance stone to the Medal of Honor Memorial. Samuel Hazo is an author and State Poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, McAnulty Distinguished Professor Emeritus – Duquesne University, and President and Director – International Poetry Forum.
Post Edited (07-01-04 13:34)