Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

The Really Big Fat Stinky Elephant in the Middle of the Room

donanobispacem01.jpg“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”  Mother Teresa

The really big fat stinky elephant in the middle of the room 

Is blocking my view. 

What did I chant when I was a child?

“Can’t go under it. 

Can’t go over it. 

Can’t go through it.”

What did I learn as an adult? 

Guess I need to eat it. 

“How do you eat an elephant?”

“One bite at a time.” 

My elephant has a name:  SonInIraq.

No matter what I do,

Where I go,

How fast I peddle,

SonInIraq is still there. 

And will be there for the next year.

In the meantime:

I work, I pray, I go about my day. 

I write letters

And email

And shop for items

To brighten his day.

My military family grows.

I write and email and shop for items for

Two young men I do not know.

They serve with SonInIraq.

Their mothers do the same.

I don’t watch the news (good advise received from a mom who’s been here, done this). 

I join with families in our Family Readiness Group and “Walk to Iraq and Back”

With phone in hand.  Always. 

Sometimes I dance to Iraq and back. 

It counts.

Moving is good.

I note the time, then add nine hours. 

That’s what time it is for SonInIraq.


February 26, 2008 - Posted by | Army Mom, Blogroll, Family, Michele's Musings, Motherhood, Parenting, Peace, Winter


  1. There will be rest, and sure stars shining
    Over the roof-tops crowned with snow
    A reign of rest, serene forgetting,
    The music of stillness, holy and low.

    I will make this world of my devising
    Out of a dream in my lonely mind,
    I shall find the crystal of peace; and above me
    Stars I shall find.

    sara teasdale

    Comment by Julie | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. choral music by Frand Ticheli
    words Sara Teasdale

    There Will Be Rest

    [audio src="" /]

    Comment by Julie | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. Beautiful – thank you Julie – Peace, M:)

    Comment by Michele | February 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. I love this poem and feel your heart in it. I hope for all good things for you.

    Comment by Bekki | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. Thank you Bekki. I appreciate your feedback and your kind words. Peace, M:)

    Comment by Michele Bernard | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  6. Welcome!

    Comment by nectarfizz | April 1, 2008 | Reply

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