Up early when I’d rather sleep in
decorating graves about to begin.
Cut the glads and the peonies blue
put them in water when we are through.
The visit of graves where loved one are laid
placing the flowers and short prayers prayed.
We see family and long time friends
then get the Kodak and focus the lens.
We pause at the graves marked with a cross
and learn our freedom was paid by their loss.
American flags of red, white and blue
remind us they were loyal and true .
The picnic basket was opened and shared
with a group of folks for whom we cared.
The graves were pretty on this special day
even though we did not have time to play.