#Haikai Challenge #112 (11/10/19): Veterans Day

To our soldiers, living and passed on, I thank you.
Please accept these humble poems to honor you.

Trained sacrifices
To appease warmongers —
White crosses, green hills

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Poppies pale mimics
of fields blossoming red –
Tears remember.

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Shiny medals dance
on the chest of a hero –
wheel-chaired, he accepts

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Armistice Day
Blood faucet turns right
One half smiles; the whole sighs
Death’s sickle dries

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to Veterans Day, Beaver Moon, or both!

Re: Veteran’s Day — coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Real good stuff Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jim. Many of my relatives are/were veterans. They can’t be honored enough in my opinion.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        Amen, they cannot be honored enough! I worked at a VA hospital until I could no longer work due an illness……..it was the best job ever and a piece of my heart never left.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Wendi, that would be a tough job to do, but so rewarding as well, I would imagine.

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          1. simplywendi says:

            It was mentally challenging but I absolutely loved it. I feel so blessed to have worked there. 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Jade Li’s latest #photo haiku sequence for my current #haikai challenge!

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  3. Jules says:

    Stunning.
    I actually did a solo renga just for this prompt;
    relatable ku

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you liked the poems. I just read yours and commented at your page 🙂

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  4. merrildsmith says:

    You expressed this so well–honoring those who served, but I think too many forget the horrors of war.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wish I could disagree, Merril. Only among those who have nobody risking death in war are in favor of them.

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  5. Indira says:

    Excellent take.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indira, thank you.

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      1. Indira says:

        Welcome, dear.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    We must remember both the sacrifice and the horrors of war…and perhaps someday we can learn to live without the need for the sacrifice. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      WELL SAID, Kerfe.

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  7. Carol Anne says:

    Beautifully expressed! I liked it very much!

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