Wednesday, November 11, 2015


I didn’t have to go
Because you did.

I could stay safe at home
Because you went.

I didn’t have to bleed
Because you did.

You hid your scars from me
Because you could.

Because you went,
Because you could,
Because you did,

I thank you.


Bruce Sherman said...

Poignant words... matched with a memorably simple and evocative image.

"Thank you"... for caring to remember in such an eloquent voice and posting!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

Sadami said...

Dear Rhonda, it's very touching. Thank you for shairng the precious words and the image. Best wishes, Sadami

E.M. Corsa said...

Absolutely beautiful. I thank you for my son who may not see this but served in Kosovo as a combat medic.

debwardart said...

Beautiful, simple painting, I love it. Also your poem. We forget to be thankful, don't we.

RH Carpenter said...

Thank you, Bruce, Sadami, Elizabeth and Deb :) This just came to me as I was thinking about those who served. The poppy is on Yupo that had acrylic string gel drizzled in the shape of the flower (somewhat) and then the color (alcohol inks) dropped onto the paper.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

really lovely and touching words :) great tribute

Deborah Nolan said...

Beautiful Rhonda- words and painting.

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you enjoyed this, Jennifer Rose and Debbie :)