Veteran day poetry- A witness to life

A witness to life


(Veteran day is 11 November.  Time to reflex on the things we have. We live in the USA. Still opportunity and we stand together when needed. Stop and think, pray or meditate. That the land of the free, will still stand for honor, equality and respect.)



I don’t like the military holidays. Bring back memories I was trying to forget.
A old Vietnam Veteran told me. “I know you feel the guilt. All of us know the emotion. We feel responsible for good friends not returning home. Some things cannot be changed. You are a witness to a life and you must keep his memory alive and strong.”

I stood with two Veterans. A Vietnam Vet and Korean Vet. The graveyard near had the flags standing tall each with the faces of Michigan Soldiers who did not come home. They recognized the sadness in my face. We stood in silence and the Vietnam Vet spoke. We must remember our brothers. Ensure their kids know. They had a good father and we must be the living witness for life for them. We must stand tall and honor their memory.


I went to my friends grave. I sat with the wildflower near in the silence of the graveyard. I drank one of the Budlights. Left five full cans on my friends grave. I saluted his grave. I told him. I miss your laughter, little Beulah is so big and you are a Grandpa now. The boy looked like you. Thank you my friend for your friendship. I will catch-up one day. We will gather with the old Soldiers and laugh at the foolishness of our youth. I guess the old man was right. We are all “A witness to life”.
Coyote/John Castellenas