Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Poem of the Week - In Memoriam (31 May, 2011)

Poets United is all about Community.  We wish to celebrate and acknowledge individual poets who are part of this group.  This week's poem of the week  is  In Memoriam  which is written by Donna Vorreyer.  Donna is a teacher who lives in the Chicago area.  She tries to convince her students that words matter.  Donna's poem is a good poem to read and think about the day after Memorial Day.

In Memoriaum can be found at

                     In Memoriam
Veteran’s Day at the Wall or Why You Should Talk to Strangers
Cold. The boomerang of granite like a wound.
Waiting at the east end for my group of touring
teens, the quiet unbroken. An elderly man, sharp
in a khaki overcoat and a ranger’s beret, leans
on a cane with his left hand, salutes with his right,
and crumples into tears. Misty. Dark. No one but
me to see him. I put my arm around his broad
shoulders, ask if he is okay, if he is alone.
He nods yes to both, turns into my shoulder
like a frightened toddler and weeps. He lingers,

muttering – so many memories, so many gone.
He is not ashamed, and I am not afraid.
For a moment, we are connected, his pain
comforted and diffused by the simple act
of noticing. From the time we are young, we
are taught not to trust, not to talk to strangers.
But imagine that this man was your father, your
grandfather, alone with his grief in a ungrateful
world. You would not just watch him suffer. You
would reach out – you would give him your hand

We hope you have enjoyed reading this week’s selection. Each week we select a poem from one of our members which we feel is a wonderful read. It is the poetry penned by our members and their willingness to share that is the core of our community. If you enjoyed reading this poem we can guarantee there will be many more like it so be sure to stop by next week and read the poem that has been selected for your reading pleasure.

By Mary Kling, author of the blog In the Corner of My Eye


  1. Donna, I really loved this. What a wonderful piece of writing!

    (I am off to check out Donna's blog. Thanks for introducing me to her work Mary.)

  2. got a bit teary eyed whe i read this one. thanks for writing it Donna, and thanks to Poets United for posting it

  3. Oh what a moving and beautiful post. GREAT choice, Mary and Donna, you really hit my heart with this one. A beautiful story of human beings reaching out to each other in shared compassion and humanity. Just lovely.

  4. There is one simple thing I have learned in the last few years-Do not hesitate to acknowledge someone when you get that small little push. That voice that says don't let this moment pass. I have unearthed many treasures recently by simply acting on that short window of opportunity. This was a wonderful post to read and share.

  5. Excellent selection Mary. Such a moment she recorded! Thanks for introducing this poet!

  6. Thank you, everyone! I wish I would have known to thank Mary for this...what a great feeling to know others are reading. We all need to reach out more and fear less.

  7. Beautifully written. Loved this poem. Do visit my blog and leave your footprints by posting comments


  8. Donna, what a wonderful poem. We "are taught not to trust" - but you have shown us the price of not trusting, what could be lost. It's a lovely poem. And thanks to Mary for choosing this one. Thank you both.