An American Story

Her whole life long

The story was told

Brother gone to serve

Left landlocked Kentucky

For island Hawaii


Tragedy struck

America under attack

Long days of waiting

Finally the news

Brother safe-

A weekend pass

Spared his life


Still so sad

Many lives lost


Her whole life long

The island held allure

She longed to go

See for herself

The sacred watery grave

Brother escaped


In her seventh decade

At last she went

She walked across the bridge

Stood on the deck

Looking up to pray

She saw the flag wave

Snapped her camera


Her whole life long

That flag will wave

Framed in her home

A constant reminder

Of the price paid

And the brother saved

Both for America the free


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8 Responses to An American Story

  1. Very touching. You said so much with so few words.

  2. Judy C. says:

    Thank you for your wonderful poem and Happy Birthday to your Mom. As time goes on and the older generation passes, this time in history is forgotten.

  3. JenniferM says:

    Wow, really powerful story! A poem was just the way to tell it! Thank you for sharing this. Both of my grandpas were in WWII, and I got to visit my one grandpa’s training base on Hawaii (4th Marine Division), which was an amazing experience. I have also been to Pearl Harbor, and it was incredibly moving, even without the personal connection that your family has!

  4. You wove the story of your mom’s life through this historical event. The way it personally impacted her is evident and touching. My Dad turned 80 in September. Happy celebrating to your mom.

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  6. Ramona says:

    This poem is such a gift. It gave me goose bumps to read it. I had an uncle who survived Pearl Harbor and my father was a POW in Germany. It’s so important that we never forget the price so many paid for us.

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  8. cvarsalona says:

    This is a wonderful tribute to a strong family memory. The past paves the way for our present life.

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