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Memorial day is just around the corner....
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Every year at this time, I read Col. McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" and Walt Whitman's "Song for all Seas, all Ships" and have to hold back the tears.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm


Song for all Seas, all Ships

TO-DAY a rude brief recitative,
Of ships sailing the Seas, each with its special flag or ship-signal;
Of unnamed heroes in the ships- Of waves spreading and spreading, far as the eye can reach;
Of dashing spray, and the winds piping and blowing;
And out of these a chant, for the sailors of all nations,
Fitful, like a surge.

Of Sea-Captains young or old, and the Mates- and of all intrepid Sailors;
Of the few, very choice, taciturn, whom fate can never surprise, nor death dismay,
Pick'd sparingly, without noise, by thee, old Ocean- chosen by thee,
Thou Sea, that pickest and cullest the race, in Time, and unitest Nations!
Suckled by thee, old husky Nurse- embodying thee!
Indomitable, untamed as thee.

(Ever the heroes, on water or on land, by ones or twos appearing,
Ever the stock preserv'd, and never lost, though rare- enough for seed preserv'd.)

Flaunt out O Sea, your separate flags of nations!
Flaunt out, visible as ever, the various ship-signals!
But do you reserve especially for yourself, and for the soul of man, one flag above all the rest,
A spiritual woven Signal, for all nations, emblem of man elate above death,
Token of all brave captains, and all intrepid sailors and mates,
And all that went down doing their duty;
Reminiscent of them- twined from all intrepid captains, young or old;
A pennant universal, subtly waving, all time, o'er all brave sailors,
All seas, all ships.

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/song-for-all-seas-all-ships/
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I didn't vote for either one either...This computer is taking so long...I don't know what is wrong...

I thought you were barking about the way Comey handled Hillary's email issue. I don't care for her and think she should have been charged. As long as she has been in politics she should have understood the classified code. I am a real dummy when it comes to politics...I was an ADHD kid in school and didn't get good grades...horses were more important.
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I did not read the article. We no longer get the paper and don't have cable. Listening to the news on different channels and hearing arguments on both sides I may have come to the wrong conclusion. Could not reply to you on that page...computer keeps freezing then the" window" to reply to you does not come up. I could be totally wrong about my Trump/Comey remark...it has been my gut feeling and I was compelled to air it. I apologize if I offended you.
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don't worry about following me Tink
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I decided that I'll pop in here and there just to bug you know who ! Can't resist ! LOL
Oct 8, 2016 by Hitman
I saw your comment about my P.C. language ! LOL. They don't teach that in the Marine Corps  handbook ! If you ever want to know about me then go on blurtit.com and ask my Dad. He'll tell you the truth of things and also about M.C. and all the people who left because of him ! Take care lady !
Oct 7, 2016 by Hitman
And why? Just because he said so?  Is it a secret?

Better tell Google if it is.
Sep 7, 2016 by TheOtherTink

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