Washington, DC

Some years ago, my wife and I visited Washington, DC on the Memorial Day weekend. We visited all of the war memorials but the Vietnam War Memorial struck me the hardest, probably because I grew up on the ritual of the nightly evening news with that day’s body count. At the end, the US Botanical Garden was a wonderful and much needed respite. Another photo, a self-portrait from the same time, is here.

I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.

You're not falling - Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

You’re not falling – Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

Too young, too thin, too there - Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

Too young, too thin, too there – Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

Bad moon a rising - Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

Bad moon a rising – Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

And they say I won a lottery - Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

And they say I won a lottery – Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

I promised I'd write - Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

I promised I’d write – Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

Four score and seven - Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Four score and seven – Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

Flower detail - US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail – US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail - US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail – US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail - US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail – US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail - US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

Flower detail – US Botanical Garden, Washington DC

All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used in any way without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.

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