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easy1
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Memorial Day, the fire engines on parade:
deep red, chartreuse, banana creme yellow and chrome
baking in the bright, bright almost-June sunshine. Shade!
Where young families flee from horn blasts to eat ice cream,
and a butterfly weaves through its crowded summer home...

Hear sweating bands march sprightly to the drummers' snare,
and martial music carries far as in a dream.
A dream, perhaps a dream to those who were not there.
For then the speeches, old men sitting still on stage,
frozen in the heat as sunlight fades, engines leave,
children hold their parents' hands, and butterflies age.



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1 posted 05-22-2010 11:28 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

A very fitting first post.  I have only been to your Memorial Day once, and it was a while ago, but would bet they are still the same as you pictured it.  Well done!

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Earl Brinkman
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Nothing could be better or quintessential as a community parade where old men sit in the shade and butterflies flutter about freely.  A shade of melancholy shades the ending as the butterflies alas age.
easy1
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3 posted 05-29-2011 08:53 PM       View Profile for easy1   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for easy1

A very belated thank you, Mysteria, for welcoming me to Passions. I haven't been as involved or as generous as I could have been, but unfortunately I have found that the curse of Cassandra has been planted here as in other places, too.

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Another happy Memorial Day to you all.  

The Almighty is magnanimous, but such unjust cruelties are not forgiven quickly.

 
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