LATE BLOOMS:  Fallen Hero

Words of tribute.
A smart snappy salute.
Maybe a medal to boot.
And, yes, flags at half-mast.

We pay you homage
for your valor and courage,
and give vent to our outrage
with emojis on our Facebook page.

Then after a while we trudge on
each to an agenda of our own,
investing our emotion and attention
on whatever’s trending and in fashion.

Once in a while we may remember,
fleetingly and vaguely remember,
the memory of one who gave up his life somewhere
but whose name we cannot remember.

Eric S.B. Libre
7 July 2017