Memorial Day Remembrance 2017

thank you to all our military, thank you
for those alive, vibrant present
for those living, yet again in our memories
without your sacrifices 
I would not be able to walk freely
stand silently as eagles wing by
wander quiet coves as beavers swim past
sit in meadows filled with warblers’ songs
lean against oaks holding nesting squirrels
freely inhale stars riding night’s winds
greet warming sun each morn 
all in freedom because you gifted me 
by your love of country and your service