Night blooms


flowers bloom
in the night sky-
war memorial

Tonight as people watch fireworks Oooing and Ahhing about them. Many veterans will be suffering from PTSD, flashbacks and panic attacks. Every explosion tonight will remind me of war and how horrible it is.

In the National Anthem the line “bombs bursting in air” illustrates this. Tonight’s fireworks should be a reminder of the sacrifices that were made during the “Revolutionary War.”
So when you watch them imagine what it would be like if they were the sound of incoming artillery or cannon fire. Then give thanks to those who gave their life so that this Nation could exist.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

4 responses »

  1. This is a really interesting way to look at it, FB. I’ll bet many people don’t even fully understand the tradition. It’s funny that, isn’t it? The world over, people get caught up in things without knowing and in some cases, without questioning, why we celebrate in the way that we do.
    I hope you have a good day/night.

      • I think it’s good that you’ve shared that. I’m not American (although I have been in America during 4th July celebrations, a few years back, at Mount Rushmore…!) and I don’t know what it must feel like to celebrate this occasion. I guess it’s like Remembrance Sunday. I’m not sure people always realise the full implications of the day…

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