Saturday, August 09, 2014

never fails

It's National Day again. What does it mean to you? And what do you see (as one of the songs asked)? Just another holiday? Or another wretched working day, for some? Do you fly the flag at your home, or do you just feel it in your heart, a certain pride, a joy? That you will not desert her even if she fails?

Happy National Day, my country!




image by dsnake1



never fails



never fails
the eyes wet
the first strains
of the anthem

not for me
not for the F15s
the apaches,
the fireworks

but
for those
who were here
before

and
were
not here
anymore.


09/08/2011
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I wrote this poem a couple of years back. I do not know what's keeping me from publishing it, I just don't feel like doing it then.


“My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.” 

― Robert A. Heinlein, Between Planets



Shared on Poetry Pantry #213 at Poets United




© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2014

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13 Comments:

Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Very emotional piece. I can understand why it might sit in a journal for awhile... (for personal reasons only, not because of it's art)
But, as Heinlein says "...it's time to be counted..."
Carry on :-)
ZQ

11 August, 2014 00:23  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

oy, sounds a bit like our memorial days...its hard to see all the veterans...i am thankful...but for all those not here...it is def sad.

11 August, 2014 00:58  
Blogger Björn Rudberg said...

National pride is a Damocles sword.. At least with the thunder of Missilecarriers above.

11 August, 2014 01:01  
Blogger alan1704 said...

Tears and sacrifice go hand in hand and you make this really work, great poem.

11 August, 2014 01:08  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

Surely a day of pride...my best wishes..

11 August, 2014 01:12  
Blogger Nataša Dolenc said...

beautiful. i too think about those who aren't here anymore on national days, who fought and died for the country.

11 August, 2014 01:32  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

Yes, tears for those no longer here. Beautiful!

11 August, 2014 05:05  
Blogger Mary said...

Truly a very moving write. I am glad you shared.

11 August, 2014 07:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

ZQ,

i loved your comments! :)
yes, it was for personal reasons only.


Brian,

it's actually independence day, much like your 4th of July. anyway, i got emotional not just for the servicemen, but also those who helped built up our nation, the builders (i was thinking of my dad), the engineers, the folks of other trades, even the politicians.

really appreciate your comment. :)


Bjorn,

well, it can be, especially with the superpowers. their missiles will be enough to wipe out the world many times over. :(


alan1707,

it does! thanks for the comment. :)


Sumana,

thank you!
your nation's birthday is just around the corner on the 15th? :)


Natasa,

thank you! it's also for those who helped built the nation.


Sherry,

you're very kind! i was getting emotional. :)


Mary,

always glad to be at the Pantry. :)

11 August, 2014 20:45  
Blogger Kim Nelson said...

so many lost over so many years in so many wars based on so many fears...

11 August, 2014 22:25  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Kim, glad to see you around. :)

luckily, it's relatively peaceful over here.

12 August, 2014 22:20  
Anonymous tinman said...

Dude, looks like you have missed the mark here. If I don't read the intro and comments I may think this is a tribute for the fallen. Emotional, though.

16 August, 2014 06:52  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

that's why it has been sitting in my pc for a couple of years. and the photo doesn't help, i guessed. those planes were actually flying over the parade.

18 August, 2014 22:45  

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