Remember Me

Stepping between the bronze plaques
carefully planting a foot between them
as not to disturb one blade of grass
a teddy bear a doll a flag lay among them.
Stepping back a I saw
an old couple
laying down a vase of flowers
upon the mound of a son or a daughter
memory serves and memory bears the weight.

Remember me
though it might seem like it was a dream
I lived and I never came back
I meant to fulfill a promise
I died there in your arms
I died again and again for many years.
Come here and neal down
and let me hear your voice again
I’m accustomed to the sound of rain
and the tailing away of the wind
though I’m really no longer here
I’ll know you by the sound.

My name was Darrel Wilson
my name was Bob I know the last name
escapes you.
My name was Mom don’t call me Linda
for Mom was what I was proudest of.
My name was Ben
I’m honored that
you chose to pass my name along.
My name was Ann
I died before the first day of Autumn
1988
My name was Ada
the name of your grandmother
I was a substitute for her for a time
remember me.

William Bell
has it really been this long?
It’s strange to see your own name amongst
the green.
It was cold here in this place that day
sitting in the winter sun
holding a corner of your coffin.
I’m sorry I don’t come often
I’m sorry that I need to be here
memorizing the dates of the deaths of strangers
like I did with the hymnal books in church
seeing who wrote the songs
and when they had lived.
I’m here for you
and yet also in a strange way here for them
those that brought these mysterious things
and then wept
leaving them upon the ground in tribute
saying I know where you are
are you waiting
don’t lose faith
I’m still coming
remember me.

Remember Me

bill bell

Everett, United States

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This is an old write i did for memorial day, the names are people who my brothers and sisters knew who died in Vietnam and of course my father who was in WWII and Korea.

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