In Memoriam…What So Funny?

I ran across ten songs for Memorial Day on the Nation magazine’s website.  Individually they all have a message, but together, all mashed together, they have another message about the red chaos of war.  I used Screencast-o-matic to sample the page as I opened up each song until the inchoate mess washed through me.  Then I turned off each song until all I was left with was Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding”.  I am reflecting specifically about my friend Harlan Bailey who was just a kid when he was on the first wave that stormed Normandy beach.  I am sure that he would find nothing funny about peace, love and understanding.

Quiet Sunday Just Before Dawn

In memory of…

I remember
my mother
squeezing my hands
till the feeling
returned.

I remember
drinking coffee
with her,
sugar and milk,
percolated
from a pyrex pot.

I remember
flying
homemade
brown bag kites
on the floodwall levees.

and her smile

and her smile

and her smile.

I have lost everything
but these memories.
I cannot make new ones
of her

or her smile,

her smile,

her smile.