we called it DECORATION DAY —
decorating the graves
of fallen soldiers and sailors.
It was always the 30th of May —
to help week ends flourish.
There was a parade to a cemetery
and there were speeches.
It was a day to give thanks
to those who gave their lives
to preserve the rest of us.
I don’t recall it being a day
when there were deals
and massive sale events
offered to those of us preserved.
Just think of what you can save
while shopping on Memorial Day!
I don’t recall when I first heard
The Old Gray Mare
Ain’t What It Used To Be
but I hum it to myself
on days like this.