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I haven’t forgotten how

by Alex Hollings

There were no children crying today,
in the green and stone covered fields.

There were no mothers biting back tears,
no caskets being sealed.

There were no daughters without a dad,
no sons who lost their mom.

There were no fathers grieving,
no uncles keeping calm.

There are no flags to fold,
or kin to present them to now,

But we haven’t run out of flags,
and I haven’t forgotten how.

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Mic-Mac
Mic-Mac
1 year ago

Alex, beautiful ❤️

Alex Hollings
Alex Hollings
1 year ago
Reply to  Mic-Mac

Thank you!!

clluelo
clluelo
1 year ago

Beautiful Alex , nice to see you here

Alex Hollings
Alex Hollings
1 year ago
Reply to  clluelo

Thank you! I’m honored that they felt this was worthy of publishing!

rynosbucket
rynosbucket
1 year ago

Alright Alex H.!!!
Moving poem, man.

Alex Hollings
Alex Hollings
1 year ago
Reply to  rynosbucket

Thank you!

Mason
Mason
1 year ago

Dammit Alex, are you just trying to make me love you because you resonate on all levels and invoke imagery of things that break our hearts? Hell man, I am a softie, and these poems by yourself and others clench my heart and bring me to tears. Glad you are here.

Alex Hollings
Alex Hollings
1 year ago
Reply to  Mason

Thanks brother!

Luke Ryan
1 year ago

Powerful stuff, Alex. That sounds like an immensely tough job, but guys like you are the ones who gave a couple of my friends great dignity in their burials. That’s something I will always appreciate.

Alex Hollings
Alex Hollings
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Ryan

This hits me hard man. Thank you for that.

homanj1
homanj1
1 year ago

Alex-As one of the original members of the Patriot Guard Riders which was founded by a high school classmate of my wife, I can say I have respectfully attended many funerals of our fallen young men. The ceremonies are surely sad and haunting, but at the same time beautiful. As a civilian, it was an honor to serve and support the families, but I admittedly got to a point I just couldn’t do it anymore. Thanks so much for writing this.

Alex Hollings
Alex Hollings
1 year ago
Reply to  homanj1

I had some great experiences with the PGA during my time at 25th Marines (even joined the mailing list to know when/where you guys would be). Thank you for what you guys do!

homanj1
homanj1
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Hollings

Thank you Alex. Unfortunately, Kansas is home to the Westboro Baptist Church, a blight on our state. So the PGR came to being at an American Legion Post in Mulvane, Kansas in response to their protests. Greg “EBay” Hansen (RIP) was one of the founders. He and I discussed some potential retaliation over a few beers at a high school reunion. Honestly, my suggestions were more violent and illegal……..

GsGirl
GsGirl
1 year ago
Reply to  homanj1

Isn’t it the greatest thing, to welcome Alex here??? I am. elated! Just like welcoming Fru!!! What a gift !!!😆😆😆

GsGirl
GsGirl
1 year ago

Oh my Gosh…it’s Alex. Thank you, God…and Luke, for bringing him here. I am elated. I can find peace on this website, now that I know 6, Luke, Sir Odyssean, Alex, Geo, Shooten, 256, Mic-Mac, Joni, and Tex3 are here.. And one can never forget Michelle and Yankee Papa. I am home.

JoniS
JoniS
1 year ago

Wow Alex. Very beautiful and brought a few tears.

susanb01
susanb01
1 year ago

Always ready and willing to serve…and, I’m sure, hoping it won’t be necessary. Beautiful, Alex.

Glad to see your work on here. Hope you and your beautiful family are well. I’m sure your daughter still has your heart ensnared in her little hands. 🙂

Miche
Miche
1 year ago

Aww, Alex, the first thing I remember about you is writing about these funerals that you attended. It still tugs at my heartstrings. And it feels good to see you adding your creative stamp to this synergistic mix of stellar writers! Welcome home! <3

susanh
susanh
1 year ago

That’s beautiful, Alex. Thank you. It’s wonderful to see you here.

georgehand
1 year ago

A-Blast… you got mad skills, homes.
geo sends

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