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A Boy On Memorial Day

© 2013 by Michael Jerling

From the album Halfway Home



When Ethan was born the video shows
His proud mother counted his fingers and toes
Eight pounds, twelve ounces the birth notice read
Little League, prom night, working nights part-time
Making his own way

If you weren't there then you don't know
If you weren't there then you don't know

When I was a boy on Memorial Day
The old men in uniform led the parade
A ragged formation, the heavy flag high
Such unlikely heroes, the guy from the drugstore
Making his own way

If you weren't there then you don't know
If you weren't there then you don't know

When Ethan was born the video shows
His proud mother counted his fingers and toes
And when he returned home from the war 
      She thankfully counted them just as before
      But something was different, something was wrong
      He kept drifting farther, farther and farther
      Making his own way

      If you weren't there then you don't know
      If you weren't there then you don't know

     


     Twenty-four years old the article read
      It mentioned his service, but no cause of death
      A ragged formation the heavy flag high
      Such unlikely heroes, the kid from the drugstore
      Making his own way

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