Monday, May 31, 2010

What is remembered, lives



I'm thinking about you today, dear ones, holding you close to my heart. It's not a difficult task because I love you. I really do. You know who you are: you who had the nerve, or were naive enough to be convinced, or had a great conviction about what you were doing when you signed the contract, when you picked up a weapon, when you followed orders and put your life on the line.

What the terra cotta warriors told me is that at the confluence of two mighty rivers, there is chaos and destruction. They were describing what happens during a battle between two armies.

For whatever reasons, you found yourself, at some point, at the center of a destructive confluence. You died or you lived, for some of you I'm guessing it was a little bit of both or a whole lot of both. You, my loves, know in your blood and in your bones, the chaos at the center of the vortex.

I am in awe of you, all of you, who served. Dead and alive, just coming out of the storm of war, or just heading in, those of you who do the dirty work on the ground or in the air, on the water, all I can say is: thank you. I'm against war of every kind, but I salute you and love you, dearly dearly.

Peace.

12 comments:

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Absolutely perfect. Thank you Reya... and peace to you.

ellen abbott said...

Thank you Reya.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

today i imagine a world where there will be no more dead soldiers and no more war.

and to the memory of more on memorial day.

peace.

Merle Sneed said...

Beautifully said, my dear.

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Whitney Lee said...

Beautifully true. Happy Memorial Day to you.

Tom said...

that's great, really. and nice effect on the daisies..wow!

Mary Ellen said...

THanks, Reya. It is important for those of us standing for peace as the vision for humankind to also salute the fallen and the wounded. Now the returned WWII men - my father and uncles and great-uncles - are aging or have passed. Our gratitude goes with you, and all who have fought for a more civilized future. May your sacrifice only fuel our work, too, in waging peace.

Rick said...

I was in the middle of sending you a thought, when I stopped by here, "for whatever reason". Now I know the reason. Thanks.

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Bee said...

My brother arrived home (Colorado) from Afghanistan on Monday. This is a lovely tribute, Reya. We CAN support our soldiers without supporting the specific wars . . . or even the concept of war.

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks, Bee! I think so too. So glad your brother is home safe and sound.