Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Poetry Jam




It's tough to face the Wall ~ stare it down
approaching, I gather myself
search for one name
among the 58,000+ names
Denis Galloway ~ funny, handsome, brilliant 
fresh out of West Point ~ his future bright
and there it is
I trace each letter with my fingertips
braille for my heart, my soul 


Denis Wayne Galloway
1LT -  02 - Army - Regular
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on May 10, 1966
Casualty was on Oct 24, 1966
In, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered




17 comments:

  1. Braille for my heart, my soul...=how very beautiful this tribute is. It really touched me this day.

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  2. Helen, this is a beautiful and heartfelt poem. Far too many have had to rest in peace at too young an age.

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  3. heart felt write helen...the braile line takes the cake for sure...beautifully rendered...i have walked that wall a couple times...thankful for each of them..

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  4. It is shocking to see so many deaths recorded and so many of them young. It is good that they are remembered, though. Perhaps in time we will learn . . .

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  5. what beautiful words for this tribute- so sad.

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  6. Oh my poem is about that war too! I couldn't remember Doug's last name so I couldn't link to any information about him - but I did find his name on the wall about 10 years ago...

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  7. This is a wonderful tribute, Helen. I love the last line. Exquisite.

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  8. Terrific. Braille for my heart. Perfect.

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  9. Dearest Helen,

    Great Poem! Very appropriate for today.
    As for signing out of Blogger and signing back in... I was not even able to do this.
    Sometimes I am thinking that Google is playing tricks through Blogger in order to gain more Google Chrome followers... Power game!

    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  10. Hard to read, Helen, as it should be.

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  11. Braille for the heart. That's wonderful.

    I had completely forgotten it was Memorial Day in the States today - I'm glad the theme was appropriate.

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  12. These Memorials are so amazing- and I enjoyed your piece, thanks!

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  13. Beautiful tribute straight from the heart, I can tell. Bless you...

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  14. "I trace every letter with my fingertips/Braille for my heart, my soul". Helen, this is real poetry! Brilliant.

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  15. Memorial Day is usually very serious around here. A lot of red and blue balloons and flowers at the graves at both the cemeteries.
    I hope yours was safe.

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