Memorial Day

Do you even remember who fought for your freedom
that you’re so willing to give up?
Do you know who died and who killed
as you stand at your grill and sup?

Do you enjoy your freedom while others have none?
Do you realize there is more than lawn games to be won?

Do you understand that some fought with pride
while others had no choice in how they died?
Do you know the cost of a human life
no matter who’s on either side of the knife?

Honorable women and men gave their lives
for the least honorable human act
so in their honor, let us wage peace
and try to think before we react;
remember the fallen and change our course,
no matter how high the odds are stacked
since freedom has never been free to all
and love is not an alternative fact.

© Autumn Siders 2017

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