Declaration Day

On this still spring morning
the silence is broken
by twenty-one stinging shots
and the haunting sound of taps
that drifts and lingers
like a ghost
across the cemetery
behind us

Each note
speaking the names
of so many serving
and dying
in battlefields
and on innocent streets
in wars
not theirs
that killed and maimed
so many

Remember those
who believed
in their hearts
they had done the right thing
for country
with their lives

Click here to hear me read this poem.

Click here to hear the sound of a bugle playing taps. (It’s worth it!)

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Kosmos Consulting and Research website:  Visual Advantage Photography website: Flickr Photo Page here: Contact Don Iannone by email:

11 thoughts on “Declaration Day”

  1. I listened to this one. Your voice rings clear. Sincerity and serenity render a steady voice reading poetry. ^_^ Much enjoyed.

  2. Hi Andrew and Rob…Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.

    Andrew…I wonder how that happened. That’s strange. Yes, taps gives all of us chills, I think.

  3. Very well put. You have a great voice, too.
    Taps gave me chills. (I don’t know how this happened, but it put it on my iPod! That’s fine to me, though. 🙂 )

  4. Thanks Polona, Gautami and Kai.

    Gautami…yes, this is a global reference. You are right.

    Kai, I will stop by in a minute. Thanks.

  5. It started with such powerful words and images. We do need to give some thoughts for those who lay down their lives for their country. I don’t mean any specific country but the world at large. Just the way you said here.

    Thanks for the links. As you said both were worth it..

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