7-Dec


I remember this day
not because I was there
nor were any of my fore-bearers there
nor is there a song jingling in my head.

I remember this day
not because I am Japanese
nor Hawaiian nor in the Navy or Airforce
nor have I visited the sunken Arizona.

I remember this day because
back in fourth grade at the Canby 91 School,
the principal told us a story about a family
who gave up four sons to go fight the next day.

I remember this day because
I could never understand war, not really,
not the way politicians want us to understand it,
because even 9/11 feels cowardly in comparison.

I remember this day because
it would be unpatriotic not to,
because loss riddles the holidays
as we smile and sing through them.

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