Bill Smallwood has done it again!! And I thank him again and hope other classmates send in their thoughts and memories. Let’s share some ideas with each another. All e-mails and letters will be used. Let’s challenge Bill!!!
Ex-POW Picnic: Plymouth, Vermont
Each summer we gather at Plymouth State Park
midst clusters of birches in paper white bark
The distance some travel in crossing the state
feels shorter just knowing there’s much to relate.
The women chat freely on domestic things
of gardens and grandkids and what new life brings.
Then on rustic tables they generously spread
green salads and baked beans with juicy brown bread.
Old soldiers assembled still picture their foe
as memories swing over to days long ago
when duty demanded at terrible cost
the battle, then capture, with all freedom lost.
Abruptly our leader bids all of us know
how illness has laid two comrades down low
And further sad tidings list one comely wife
departed, while seeming so full of life.
The schedule we’ll follow includes a parade
to mark when our country’s freedom was made.
We’ll march in a body on Fourth of July
as National Guard fighters do their fly-by.
With eating now over some make for home base,
while those living closest help clean up the place.
Now, future campers, a word of advice
from well meaning oldsters who paid a full price:
The wisdom which aging can sometimes bestow
prompts veterans of combat to share what they know.
Strong vigil for country’s a must at all times
to counter war’s outbreak and terrorist crimes.
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