June 1, 2017
Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is Memorial Day, which was observed on May 29.
Today’s poem is a Memorial Day poem weighing the value of a single life against the reasons for war.
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Maybe it was worth it, maybe not.
Each life is priceless, yet we paid the price.
Maybe what we gave up you forgot,
Or found some meaning in our sacrifice.
Reason would not choose to let us die
If all the reasons on all sides could be
Against one life forced one whole night to lie,
Letting love run through them honestly.
Deep beneath the normal calculation,
A life is far more precious than a nation.
Yet war survives, and will till all agree.
© by Nicholas Gordon
Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at https://www.poemsforfree.com/maybe8.html. For more Memorial Day poems, go to https://www.poemsforfree.com/memorialdaypoems.html .
This week’s theme: Memorial DayJune 1: Maybe It Was Worth It, Maybe Not