December 7, 2016, Prescott-
Seventy-five years have passed.
It was the second attack by foreign military
on U.S. soil, in our nation’s history.
A third would follow, fifty-seven years later.
By then, many had forgotten
the bloody sacrifice,
which again jarred our sense
This was as it had been before.
Those who remembered the White House burning,
were few and far between,
when the bodies fell
like cord-wood, at Antietam and Shiloh.
The Great War was witnessed by a few old soldiers,
who had served under Grant and Lee.
When the planes hit the Towers,
Pearl Harbor was a footnote,
in the rush to the House of Gifts.
How swiftly we deny,
and then forget.
Seventy-five years have gone by
and five still stand,
in remembrance of
when they were young
and no longer innocent.
(The five are the remaining survivors of the attack on the USS Arizona, at Pearl Harbor, in 1941.)