Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday:  Memorial  (posted by Frank T.)
Write a haibun that alludes to the concept of memorial in some way.”

On our trip were two ex-soldiers, my father in World War II,
and my husband in Vietnam. Dad’s health had deteriorated.
It was difficult for him to walk, but he was keen on seeing
the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

My father got around the best he could, gazing at the fountain,
and the walls of many names. He was awestruck and overjoyed
to be there.  
When it came to the Holocaust Museum, my husband had to
take him 
in by wheelchair, against Dad’s protest. I look at the photos
we took that day, 
so grateful we managed that trip, so sad Dad is gone.

poppies grow in fields
season of Spring has come
everywhere, blood red

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  1. A heartfelt tribute to your Dad. I like how you portray the trip as a journey of two veterans. Beautifully done! 🙂


  2. robtkistner says:

    Oh damn Sara, you just broke my heart with that revelation that your father is gone. So so sorry! So so glad you made that trip! Great haiku! 🙂


  3. msjadeli says:

    Such a poignant telling, especially where your dad didn’t want to use the wheelchair.


  4. This is a wonderful and sad memory… so good that you managed to do it together.


  5. Beverly Crawford says:

    What a gift you gave your father in that last trip. You have a rich memory for comfort. Thank you for sharing this personal experience.


  6. lynn__ says:

    A very memorable trip with your two special veterans…glad you could go and glad you shared it!


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