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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.28 Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day again,

and flags defurl and flutter

in irenic spring breezes,

John Wayne war movies flicker

past military glories

fought on Hollywood’s back lots

It’s Memorial Day again,

parades clamor the streets of commerce;

(what this is all about anyway).

Not so much the Elysisan fields

that quietly add dying flowers to dead souls,

a few blocks away.

It’s Memorial Day again, and


there is as more forgotten,

in the blather of the pols of deferment,

boasting of exploits of military might,

and foretelling those of dead heroes yet to come,

when it is Memorial Day yet again.