In the Name of Memory (circa 2002)

They say life on the battlefield is sink or swim
And only the strong survive
And those of us who survived, we survived
And we say to the next
As they’re standing in line:
We’ve done our time, now it’s your turn

We’ve learned our lesson too well
We’ve taken our hell and passed it on
It will make you strong
We say as we turn away

And how easy is it to forget
The ones who walked with us, talked with us
The ones we fought alongside
They didn’t survive, they fell

They were as strong as we
But we can’t see this to be so
For it would show how little power
We had in the hour that they died

And we honor our fallen comrades
With a rousing inspirational speech
You are our successors, we say
And there’s no room to be weak

Because life on a battlefield is sink or swim
And only the strong survive
And those of us who survived, we survived
And we say to the next
As they’re standing in line
We’ve done our time, now it’s your turn

We’ve learned our lesson too well
We’ve taken our hell and passed it on
It will make you strong,
We say as we turn away

And how easy it is to forget
The ones who walked with us, talked with us
The ones we fought alongside
They didn’t survive, they fell
Consumed by the hell
We recreate
In the name of memory

Flying Home

Peri with her back to the camera, looking fluffed up.

Peri, a green Quaker parrot standing with her back to the camera, fluffed up and leaning a bit on a feather toy hanging from her small hospital cage.

I never knew you well
But I know enough to see
You are as perfect as a bird can be

And right now
Over the trees
I see
A flock of birds
Made out of nothing but light
A flock of birds
Waiting for your final flight

So don’t be afraid
Don’t be afraid when they come
They’re only coming
To welcome you home

When it’s time to fly away
Then fly away
Don’t hold out too long
Trying to stay

You have the whole of eternity
To fly into
And everyone there
Will join with you

So when you know it’s time
And you’ll know
Fly away
Leave us behind
Our love will ensure
We won’t be long behind you now
We won’t be long behind
Behind you now