Minnesota Memorial Days,
First holiday heralding summer,
Prior to school's out, but
Harbinger of freedom soon.
With grandparents, visited
North Hibbing Cemetery,
Brought flowers to gravesides:
Great-grandparents, great uncles;
Then, sister; moved her casket to
New South Hibbing Cemetery with
Dad, then grandparents and Mom.
Always swam on Memorial Day,
Irrespective of water temperature.
Family picnics at grandparents'
Cabin on Side Lake, later at
Cousins' cabin on Lake Sturgeon;
Walking five miles to Kelly Lake.
Frantically busy waitressing at
High school/junior college job,
Riverside Inn near chain of lakes,
With Ad and Dom, Rosie, Squirty,
And changing cast of college-age pals.
In adulthood, much-appreciated
Three-day weekend, excuse for
Short road trips to mountains or
Ocean beaches, but, recently,
Just respite for too-busy life.
This year, more reflective mood
Offers vibrant images, memories
Of people now passed, this poem
To commemorate loved ones.
Rest in peace, Beloveds;
I miss you; I send much love,
Ann Beth Blake
(c) May 26, 2014