Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Soldier by Robert Frost

A Soldier
He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled,
That lies unlifted now,
come dew, come rust,
But still lies pointed as it plowed the dust.
If we who sight along it round the world,
See nothing worthy to have been its mark,
It is because like men we look too near,
Forgetting that as fitted to the sphere,
Our missiles always make too short an arc.
They fall, they rip the grass, they intersect
The curve of earth, and striking, break their own;
They make us cringe for metal-point on stone.
But this we know, the obstacle that checked
And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
Further than target ever showed or shone.
Robert Frost
It is so nice to have off on Memorial Day!
It is great to be with family and have a picnic!
It is a priveledge and an honor to celebrate the lives of soldiers.
I am so thankful for all they do for us.
Who will you be thinking of this Memorial Day?

Great prompts as always!


RR Mama said...

Oh my gosh I'm first! Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your family! We are going to the lake! Can't wait for some fun in the sun!!!!

Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my site! I like the poem and love Robert Frost.

Kate Gosselin was like my reality tv mom hero, for the first two seasons or so... and then she just became, well not. lol.

Have a great memorial day!

Jenny said...

Such a beautiful post for Memorial Day. We are a very blessed Nation.

Roxane said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog last week. I'm sorry i'm so late returning the favor!

Just this week I was helping one of my best friends since high school move into her new house on a military base, her husband is away on army duty for 3 weeks. So there we were 2 tiny women, her 2 gorgeous children under the age of 3, and one huge moving truck! Needless to say, she is my hero! :)

stephanie garcia said...

What a wonderful picture, and of course a beautiful poem as well!

*~*a.l.s*~* said...

What a wonderful poem. I'm passing it along to my Aunt and Uncle--my cousin is a Ranger in the Army.

*~*a.l.s*~* said...

PS Happy Memorial Day! I love the Celine Dion version of God Bless America--what a great song to have playing this weekend!

jen@odbt said...

Beautiful. Thanks to all the men & women serving to keep our country safe.

Live.Love.Eat said...

As always, a thoughtful post from you!!!!!!!!!!

Alicia said...

Have a great Memorial Day with your family, Rebekah!!!

We're going camping this weekend, but I might have to stay home w/ Daniel since he still has a cough!!

Dot O said...

Adorable pic of your boy - he is so handsome!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. We are absolutely heartbroken and to make matters even worse, my husband works with a member of our incoming pastor's current parish and NOBODY is sad that he is leaving them......... He's not a people person...

Mama Kat said...

And what a perfect picture to go with the poem! Love it!

Lady Di said...

Wonderful post. My brother was a Staff Sgt. in the Army 10th Mountain Division. He served 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is out now and living in New York. Now my brother-in-law just completed Ranger school and is a 2nd Lt. He and his wife have three small children. He will be deployed for Afghanistan this summer. I appreciate and thank all our troops and their families for the sacrifices they make.

He And Me + 3 said...

I love that picture. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. It is so nice to have the day off and spend with family.

April said...

Great poem...Robert Frost has always been a favorite of mine! On Memorial Day, we'll be going on a picnic, too! I'll be thinking, especially, of my dad and all he did to serve in WWII. May we all remember...and NEVER forget!

Jen said...

Thanks for the great reminder.

Grandma J said...

You are better than any English Lit. class I ever took. Happy Memorial Day.

I love that picture too.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I will be thinking of all our soldiers...and praying that my cousin gets home safe next month!!

mimi said...

I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

M said...

I will be working my butt off on my mom's house to get it ready to rent- I hope!

Whta are you doing?
Happy Thursday!

Liz said...

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I'll be thinking of the ones who paid the price.
Enjoy your holiday!

jennykate77 said...

Amen to all of that. It is nice to have a long weekend and to remember the reason we pause and reflect. I'm thankful for the men and women who have given their life for our country and for the memory of all those who have gone before us. That poem by Robert Frost is beautiful.

Have a safe, fun, and happy Memorial day weekend!

drewmark19 said...

On Memorial Day, I often think of my grandfather who served in the military and passed away several years ago. I also think of my hubby who was in the Navy for five years. I'm so thankful that I didn't have to be a military wife with my husband gone for 6 months or more at a time. It makes me think about all the sacrifices not only the soldiers make, but also their spouses who keep things going in their absence.