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Poetry Friday - Memorial Day

May 26, 2016

Tags: Poetry Friday, haiku, Memorial Day

We live in a military town. In fact, when you drive into Beaufort and pass the Marine Corps Air Station on your left, you'll see a billboard which says, 'The "Noise" You Hear Is The Sound Of Freedom.'

I think of that phrase when I hear the familiar roar overhead, more roars than ever since The U.S. Marine Corps opened the doors of the first dedicated F-35B Pilot Training Center here a couple of years ago, training the next generation of pilots flying the F-35 Lightning II. I remember when we first moved here, we went downtown to help welcome those new military personnel, and as usual, there was music and and lots of giddy kids running around the Waterfront Park lawn and warm speeches by local dignitaries. And fireworks. This town loves fireworks. It was fun to see such support, from both sides of the political aisle I'm certain, coming together to honor our men and women in uniform and their young families.

I really have gotten used to the sound of jets darting across the sky, almost like they are resident birds! Loud birds.

We have neighbors who are pilots, male and female, and there is certainly something about putting faces with the sounds of those jets, and with stories on the news from across the world, that makes the dedication of our service personnel more real and personal to me. I wish them safety, pray for their safe returns from deployments, and appreciate that they put themselves in harm's way to serve our country. They are very fine folks who take their work seriously, and we miss them when they are away.

This weekend, of course, we honor those men and women who have given their very lives in such service. Words fail, but we hold their families in thoughts and prayers.

Memorial Day
a flag flutters above
its shadow

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Frogpond, Volume 36:1, Winter 2013

Many thanks to all who serve or have served, and to those who support them.

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  1. May 27, 2016 7:07 AM EDT
    Lovely, Robyn. And I love that you re able to see the beauty in the jets flying above your house :)
    - Sally Murphy
  2. May 27, 2016 8:38 AM EDT
    Robyn, your post was most appropriate for this weekend when we all look to the flag as a symbol of freedom. Would you like to offer your poem and photo to my upcoming Spring's Seeds Gallery?
    - Carol Varsalona
  3. May 27, 2016 9:29 AM EDT
    Hi, Sally - thanks. When the Blue Angels are in town, they fly right over our house. :0)

    Carol - Thanks and Sure - let me email details later!
    - Robyn Black
  4. May 27, 2016 9:36 AM EDT
    I love hearing about your community and that you know some of the pilots stationed there. It's a special weekend for me every year. My father was a pilot, and was shot down in the Philippines - WWII. Other friends have given their lives for us since then. Thank you for the poem, Robyn.
    - Linda Baie
  5. May 27, 2016 10:04 AM EDT
    I love that noise is the sound of freedom. It reminds me that the kids will be home, noise will be loud and my heart will be full all weekend. :-) I hope your weekend is splendid.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  6. May 27, 2016 10:44 AM EDT
    Thanks for your poem and moving words, Robyn. I didn't realize Beaufort was a military town. I will never think of jets the same way again. Yes, the sound of freedom.
    - jama
  7. May 27, 2016 12:33 PM EDT
    You have such talent, my friend, and a beautiful soul to boot. You've struck just the right chord with this haiku... and this post. Thanks, Robyn.
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  8. May 27, 2016 1:23 PM EDT
    So simple, yet so touching. Nicely don, Robyn.
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  9. May 27, 2016 1:44 PM EDT
    Wow, Linda - He was one of "The Greatest Generation," then. I'm sorry you lost him at such a young age. I'll think of him this weekend, too.

    Thanks for coming by, Brenda - wishing you a loud and lovely weekend of family togetherness!

    Hi, Jama - we have Parris Island and a Naval Hospital (where my hubby works), too. Thinking of you and yours this weekend!

    Michelle, very humbling words - thank you. I greatly appreciate your beautiful soul!

    Many thanks, Matt. I'm heading over your way now... :0)
    - Robyn Black
  10. May 27, 2016 2:49 PM EDT
    What a nice tribute, Robyn. I live in a military town, too. Dyess Air Force Base is here and we love them and they love our city. We hear the "roar" often, too.
    - Penny Parker Klostermann
  11. May 27, 2016 10:56 PM EDT
    So much meaning in so few words--nice haiku, Robyn!
    - Diane Mayr
  12. May 28, 2016 5:40 AM EDT
    It's easy to forget about the sacrifices made daily by our military when they aren't part of the community. Thank you for reminding us by telling us about your town, Robyn. Your haiku is perfect for this weekend of remembrance.
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  13. May 28, 2016 8:49 AM EDT
    Thanks, Penny - and now I'll smile and think of YOU, too, when those jets are flying. :0)

    Hi, Diane - thank you. I always treasure your feedback on haiku.

    Catherine - thanks. I definitely think about all our folks in uniform more often now, living in the same community with so many.
    - Robyn Black
  14. May 30, 2016 8:31 PM EDT
    Beautiful, Robyn. With two sons – in – law is serving in the military, it comes home very quickly. Thank you for this lovely post.
    - Doraine
  15. May 30, 2016 8:32 PM EDT
    Thank you, Doraine - and many thanks to your sons-in-law AND their families.
    - Robyn Black
  16. May 31, 2016 6:47 AM EDT
    Your post is full of pride. Thanks for the reminder that our military are real people with real lives. That simple word shadow is powerful in your haiku.
    - Margaret Simon
  17. May 31, 2016 8:57 AM EDT
    Thanks, Margaret. Hope you and yours had a nice holiday weekend!
    - Robyn Black
  18. May 31, 2016 2:01 PM EDT
    Really loved your haiku, Robyn. I posted a link to it on Facebook but forgot to show you!
    - Tabatha
  19. May 31, 2016 2:35 PM EDT
    Your words don't fail--love the contrast of fluttering flag and shadow. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.
    - Buffy Silverman
  20. May 31, 2016 8:52 PM EDT
    Oh - thank you, Tabatha! :0)

    I hope you and yours did too, Buffy - thanks for such kind comments.
    - Robyn Black

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