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God bless and thanks.....
by Karen Palumbo
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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         God bless and thanks....

Seems a good time to take a long walk,
bright, warm, sunshine in full profusion.
Early in the morning when all remains quiet,
no chance of stumbling, no chance of illusion.

God bless and thanks....

Birds flying high, riding on the jet stream,
wings spread wide while gazing down.
Gliding and swooping, with the greatest of ease,
remaining stoic, not a smile, or a frown.

God bless and thanks....

Trees begin swaying in a rhythmic motion,
as the whimsical breeze rustles the leaves.
Strange scents and sounds take over the mind,
as if footsteps marching, stopping at ease.

God bless and thanks....

Thinking about a time before telephones,
before emails, texting, satellites and more.
When adolescent boys fresh out of school,
became men on our soil an on a foreign shore.

God bless and thanks....

Nathanael Greene to John Paul Jones,
Caesar Rodney to Francis Lightfoot Lee.
Stonewall Jackson to Ulysses S. Grant,
remembering never forgetting is the key.

God bless and thanks....

From the USS Constitution to the USS Arizona,
many battles fought, most won, some lost.
The USS Bonhomme Richard to the USS Missouri,
lives come and go, but at what great cost.

God bless and thanks....

Many souls lost, yesterday and today,
remaining in the memories faithful and true .
Leaving behind families and many good friends,
strongly believing in the red, white, and blue.

God bless and thanks....

Visiting, meeting, greeting the brave of today,
laughter, hand shaking, even hugs to go around.
Destiny calls for deployment across the seas,
wondering how many return safe above ground.

God bless and thanks....

Permission to take a photograph, each with a smile,
may the angels stay alert and hear the call.
Photo treasured and by Old Glory to be displayed,
and may God watch over to protect them all.

God bless and thanks....

Each day to pay tribute to faces with no name,
God bless every one donning the uniform at station.
A split second of time caught in a haunting photo,
accepting their fate, bringing pride to our nation.


                  God bless and thanks!
              Happy Memorial Day to All!


Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
5/23/2011 © All rights reserved 





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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/7/2014
well said
Reviewed by JMS Bell 12/21/2011
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 8/27/2011
A wonderful tribute. With out them ,, wher wolud we be? M
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/6/2011
Yes God bless and thanks and thank you for writing this amazing tribute Karen.
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/12/2011
beautiful tribute to our wonderful service people
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 6/8/2011
This is such a wonderful tribute!!!! tears
And I am with you..honor them excellent feelings evoked
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/7/2011
A bit late but heartfelt hooray for our men and women in uniform that answer the call to serve. Love it. Wonderful tribute. Liz
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 6/4/2011
Karen..this is well-written..
A wondrous tribute indeed..

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/1/2011
B R A V A, K A R E N, B R A V A !!!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/30/2011
A most apt and timely write, Karen. Thank you for sharing your sentiments. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 5/29/2011
Thank you for this. It is important to remember each of them, the ones who serve as well as our fallen. Without the American Soldier, I would never know all that I have in life; I owe them everything that I hold dear.
Take care,
Reviewed by Michael Jones 5/28/2011
Each day we wake up is a miracle Karen every precious second. All of us should strive to make the world a better place. Uplift us like your poetry does this poem especially! Thank you for acknowledging us May you and Robert and your little lovelies have a blest joyful Memorial Day! Peace!!!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/27/2011
A heartfelt poem, Karen, and so very well written. Much enjoyed.
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 5/27/2011
Very touching tribute Karen! My best friends son is a marine and I am sending your amazing poem to him! We have freedom because the brave have made it so...God bless, and Happy Memorial Day! Chessly
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 5/26/2011
Well said. Happy Memorial Day. ~ Morgan
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 5/26/2011
Well said, Karen.
Be Well,
Reviewed by richard cederberg 5/25/2011
Poignant thoughts from the heart of a patriot.
Peace ... richard
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 5/25/2011
Saluting your poem, Karen...
for all the red, white and blue...of love and courage in it!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/25/2011
Karen, your Memorial Day memorial is as compassionate as I have ever read my dear friend. To fail to be thankful and express our thanks to America's best is unfathomable. We are merely the recipients of the duty and commitment to God and country of our men and women in service. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/24/2011
Lovely indeed sweet lady.......god bless you...Hugsss .... stay safe and well...Hugss
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 5/24/2011
We have so much to be thankful for....

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/24/2011
God bless indeed. We owe them everything. Patrick
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/24/2011
Splendid tribute for Memorial day,Thank you Karen! This is a keeper!
Reviewed by Myles Saulibio 5/24/2011
Hi Karen,
Happy Memorial Day to you also! Our men in the military past and present deserve the respect on this special day because of their impact to our nation.
Your words speak so clearly and reflect our collective respect for the men and women in uniform.

Best to you always,
Reviewed by Thurman Faison 5/24/2011
Karen, a wonderful poem of patriotism and thanksgiving to God. a grand sweep of the things that are enduring and of the most value to us all. God Bless indeed.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/24/2011
Good tribute, like me you have done it a week early. Doesn't matter when it's from the heart.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/24/2011
This is perfection in a poetic tribute Karen, full of wonder and appreciation. Your words hold such awareness of their courage, and yes the refrain, God bless and thanks.
Happy Memorial Day Blessings to you,
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/24/2011
God Bless and thank you Karen for this wonderful tribute a great write indeed Laura
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/24/2011
God bless and thanks to YOU for remembering WHY we celebrate a holiday like Memorial Day! It shouldn't be about the sales or getting out with family or friends: it should be thanking those who served or those who died defending our nation! I personally think ALL stores should be closed on Memorial Day!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Texas, Karen Lynn. ;D

Be safe: may be bad weather later today; y'all are in my prayers~
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/24/2011
This is indeed one of your very best, having gotten to know you as both a friend and a historian I know your loyalty to the men and woman who go above and beyond to keep our lands free, is truly from the heart. As Americans and Canadians we have so much to be thankful for, have pride in, and respect, all too often we do lose sight of the big picture but you have brought it home in this wonderful tribute to all those who gave and kept our countries free.
thank you Karen
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 5/24/2011
And GOD BLESS YOU, KAREN. Thank You for sharing this inspirational message.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/24/2011
God Bless, and thanks to you, for remembering them.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/24/2011
Great write, Karen. Being a veteran of the Vietnam era and Operation Iraqi Freedom your thank you means a lot.
May I point out one thing in your last stanza, however?
"God bless every one darning the uniform at station."
The word "darning" should be spelled "donning" as in wearing or putting on an outfit, a uniform or other attire.
I pray you don't mind me pointing this out.
Have a great day and God bless.
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/24/2011
Lest we forget. Thank you Karen.
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