Squadron Requiem

Do not blame us.

Like our fathers before us,
we did not choose the war.
Nor did we choose how it would end.

We did not choose to live.
Nor did our brothers choose to die.
We chose only to keep faith
with each other.

If you ever knew us,
if you ever cared,

if you ever knew
a name on
the wall

We ask only that you remember,
some gave what they had,
and some still pay
to this day

for keeping you far
from the abyss

from that day
to this.

Mike Mullane

This poem was awarded Second Place in the 2018 National Veterans Poetry Contest.