Monday, May 30, 2011

Taps



Day is done...
Gone the sun
From the lake...
From the hills...
From the sky.
All is well...
Safely rest
God is nigh.


Fading light....
Dims the sight
And a star....
Gems the sky....
Gleaming bright
From afar....
Drawing nigh
Falls the night.

by Major General Daniel Butterfield

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27 comments:

Susan said...

Taps has always given me chills. Today we remember.
Blessings,
Susan

Arkansas Patti said...

Nothing brings tears to my eyes quicker than that mournful sound. Today and all days we need to remember.

☆☆Mumsy said...

Happy Memorial Day, Jenny!

Beautiful photos, and wonderful poem to remember today.

Pondside said...

There's nothing like the lonely sound of Taps as the sun sets....

Vicki aka Jake said...

Living where I do....I hear Taps played every night at 10pm. Sort of a melancholy but restful end to the day. Thanks for reminding us of the words. Have a peaceful Memorial day.

Gattina said...

We don't celebrate memorial days here in Belgium or other European countries. It's rather sad that it exists. Without wars that wouldn't be necessary. So many lost lives for what ?

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog yesterday and a happy Memorial day to you too.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is perfect for today!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

A very important reminder. Thank you Jenny.

Dapoppins said...

I caught Taps on PBS last night, so beautiful played, and I teared up, feeling the weight of love and loss.

5thsister said...

Thank you Jenny. My dad was a POW in Germany in WWII. The only reason he made it out alive is that, since he was originally born in East Prussia and could speak/understand German, they used him as an interpreter for them with the other POW's.

Donnie said...

Such a sad poem but perfect to honor those who gave the ultimate for us. Beautiful post.

Lourie said...

Beautiful. Sad. Poignant. Thank you. Have a great day.

Lisa said...

Although it is a sad song it is a great one!
Hugs, Lisa

Ms. A said...

Just heard a nine year old girls rendition, on trumpet, and it brought chills.

Ms. A said...

Oops, my blunder... she's 13.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Perfect for today. Happy Memorial Day:@)

criticalcrass said...

i'm not sure i ever knew the lyrics for that. how horrible of me, right? but every time i hear the bugler play that, i tear up. that music tugs on my heart so well. thanks for posting this. :]

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Is there anything that sounds more mournful than Taps from a far away hillside at the cemetary?

Thanks for your visit -- I just hang my aprons on hooks on my pantry door. Not really much of a display -- but always in sight in my kitchen.

Country Dreaming said...

Lovely post!!

Melinda

Amanda said...

It's the kind of poem that gives you a knot in the throat while reading it...

Thanks.

Willoughby said...

Perfect Memorial Day post, Jenny. We have quite a few veterans on both mine and my husband's side of the family.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Taps is such a haunting melody. May we always remember all those that gave so much so we could live free.

Sue said...

I never knew the second verse. Thanks.

And I loved the pictures, too.

=)

Serline said...

Very solemn and dignified tribute, as befits the occasion.

Jennifer said...

love it <3

Splendid Little Stars said...

a reason for pause...