They Died for Life

They did not die so that we could protest

A self-centered right to damage others

They did not die so that we could protect

A lump of metal rather than mothers


They did not die to devalue our life

The lives of youth, adults, humanity

They did not die to cause hatred and strife

The divide of nation, insanity


They did not die for monetary gain

To line their uniform’s pockets with blood

They did not die for ego, to persist

in dragging our children through deadly mud


Our military forces died for peace

Not vanity that causes us to cease


In remembrance of military personnel who have lost their lives in service to our country on this Memorial Day, along with the children and teachers who have died in our schools due to gun violence, I hope this sonnet conveys my feelings – that those who died in service did not do so for a skewed ideology of second amendment rights. Our military personnel fought for an honorable and respectful freedom, where all citizens have personal rights that don’t conflict with the harming, targeting and death of others, especially innocent children.

I hope and pray that our politicians will, much like the Grinch, grow a heart three times its size and make necessary and common sense changes to our gun laws. It’s what the majority of Americans want.

It’s what the rest of the world does.

22 responses to They Died for Life

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Never was this the vision, Dan. I have to believe our founding fathers would be shocked at how much our country values their weapons over the lives of children.

  1. Oddment says:

    Thank you! I very much appreciate the anger in this. You are right that they did not die so that more would die, especially children.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you for your comment. I can’t comprehend the justification of people who still believe a gun and their “rights” are more important than the safety of children. Do they not have a soul?

  2. JoAnna says:

    Excellent post, Mary. Very well written. I’m hoping and praying with you that the hearts of those deadly politicians (and their supporters) grow larger, and their minds grow saner – for life and an honorable and respectful freedom.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you, JoAnna. We sorely need politicians to stop being greedy, selfish and heartless so that no one dies needlessly again at the hands of an angry 18 year old with an automatic weapon.

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