Sunday, May 24, 2015

Junior died for his country ~~ a Memorial Day tribute poem for "Play it Again"

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A Place Like This
I sit here and sketch
Thinking all the while
'Twas in a pasture green
with an orchard nearby

Sketching, a place like this
Provence, Italy, in the War
His plane shot down
Body lay under his chute

Dog tags were snared by a priest
Later they would be given
to family for us to sketch

Junior died for his country
This place?  We will dedicate 
Our rendition of the pasture,
A tribute for him
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Photo and Poem copyright 2006 and 2015, 
© jimmiehov, all rights reserved

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1,  Play it again had three of Kerry's choices, I used a May 30, 2014 Imaginary Garden post by , apast challenge on Artistic Interpretations with Margaret - Sketchbook Poetry.
2.  Mrs. Jim's brother died in WWII when his P38 airplane was shot down over Italy.  A priest found him dead, under his parachute.  The priest collected the dog tags to give when telling his story after the war was over.
The Germans buried Junior's body in the orchard.  We were grateful for that.  Later his remains were removed to a cemetery in New Orleans.
3.  I had been hoping that on Memorial Day a challenge that would fit my writing a tribute to Junior would show.  This one seemed to work out.
4.  Photo taken during our stay at Bettolle, Italy, Spring of 2006.

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At Sunday, May 24, 2015 12:14:00 AM, Blogger cosmos cami said...

Very timely. I think it turned out very nicely.
Tender, thoughtful...excellent tribute.

At Sunday, May 24, 2015 1:04:00 AM, Blogger brudberg said...

A real tribute.. The story of the care given really paint to his body contrasts to the harshness of the war.

At Sunday, May 24, 2015 1:18:00 AM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

A heart warming tribute..!

At Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:29:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

This poem is a wonderful way to capture and hold onto memories of the past. The image of the sketch works very well.

At Monday, May 25, 2015 5:45:00 AM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Beautifully written!

At Monday, May 25, 2015 5:22:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Popping back to wish you and Mrs Jim happy travelling! And to reassure you that my 'Dreaming River' poem was just a fictional fantasy — though I always appreciate your warm concern for my wellbeing! xx

At Monday, May 25, 2015 10:08:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I am glad he was moved home, later. Glad the priest kept the dog tags for the family. A lovely tribute, Jim. My uncle served with the RAF In England and wrote of landing in Sicily and walking through the dusty vineyards.

At Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:30:00 AM, Blogger Hannah said...

Story sketched into the scene well, Jim...meaningful.

At Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:17:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

What a lovely tribute.Such a moving piece.

At Tuesday, June 02, 2015 6:37:00 PM, Blogger Outlawyer said...

Thanks for this moving poem. k.


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