A Memorial Day sonnet
Rockland — Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner wrote and delivered a sonnet for the city’s Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony May 26:
A Wreath, A Flag, the Soldier’s Time
A wreath, a flag, the soldier’s time
to lie in rest among the dead
no longer safely home in bed
or waking to a soft springtime
breeze, feeling spray along Maine’s shores,
listening to children on the beach.
Respectf’ly we pause for them, more
mindful on Memorial Day that each
has given what he could to save
the places that we hold most dear.
Raise up that flag and let it wave,
lay wreaths for those no longer here.
Think therefore of the soldiers’ time
in battle; & let his mem’ry shine.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.