Judy Davies


Join me, if you will, this Veteran’s Day
As I take a journey, my respects to pay.
I travel past the sea of crosses at Arlington,
to the memorial called “The Wall” in Washington.
Especially today the mood is hushed, serene.
I observe as visitors walk the wall of
58,195 names to find their particular one;
touching it to help them recall
a father, a son, a brother, a husband
laid to rest and memorialized here.
I look on as some lay paper over their name,
tracing its outline to have something to
keep forever as a remembrance. Others softly kiss
their name or stand flowers or a flag against the wall.
I watch as a uniformed officer steps back
to pay his tribute, rendering a final salute to
the soldier who saved his life on the battlefield.
And then I arrive at the place I have sought.
Once again remembering, I retrace his name
with a tear-stained hand, bowing my head this
Veteran’s Day to offer a prayer in homage to
the man I laid to rest nearly a half century ago.

Judy Davies, 67, of Gautier, returns as a winner this year. She is a retired medical transcriptionist. A professional French hornist for 60+ years, she is manager of her husband’s music publishing company. Judy and her husband have four children and six grandchildren. Her first book of poems, Window Frames, is slated for fall 2010 publication. Judy’s sign of the zodiac is Leo.