Like a bride walking down the aisle
in white laces,
and in veil,
ready to give her entirety
to her groom who’s all smiling, standing in front the Holy Grail . . . .
. . . . such a bittersweet moment for a sobbing dad who is giving her away.
Like a nation’s flag,
to which we sing the Anthem that always brings out silent tears;
to which we stand in honor of our beloved country’s pride and glory;
to which we lay our hands
on our chest. . . .
. . . on loyalty and patriotism,
the vets are the best.
Like a prayer,
during which we say contrition with fervor:
Be aloud or in silence,
We clothe ourselves with humility.
We strip ourselves of pride.
We ask for deliverance and provision.
We give thanks and praise—
Amen is a potent affirmation.
Truer than gold;
Purer than spring water;
Prettier than May flowers;
Sweeter than honey
is humanity’s legacy:
Love is the most sacred of them all.
And its sanctity lies on its very essence,