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Posted - 20/09/2018 :  12:30:14  Show Profile  Visit Mac's Homepage Send Mac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Lest We Forget"

The country's mood was sombre,
The prophecy was of doom.
Britain was preparing for war,
Her island shrouded in gloom.

The war would be over by Christmas,
Or so we were all informed.
We didn't know it would last for years
Or how many lives would be mourned.

Men and boys were signing up,
Some as young as fourteen
To defend our green and pleasant land
From our enemies, yet unseen.

Whole families joined the army,
Fathers, brothers and sons ,
To fight the enemy hand to hand
Armed with Lee Enfield guns.

They left behind their loved ones,
Parents, girlfriends and wives,
To live in those sodden trenches
Fight and lose their lives.

Some returned home shell-shocked,
Others were battered and bruised.
So many died on those Flanders Fields
Poisoned by gases used.

Thousands died in battle,
At Marne, Ypres and The Somme,
Lives sacrificed for our freedom
And perished in fiery maelstrom.

White headstones are lined up neatly
In cemeteries near where they fell
To commemorate those courageous men,
To bid them a final farewell.

The poppy fields are still blooming
With flowers of deep blood red
To remind us of valiant soldiers
Whose lives were needlessly shed.

For those gallant men who took up arms,
We are always in their debt.
Remember - they cherished our freedom,

Dream, Hope, Believe, Do


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Posted - 20/09/2018 :  12:35:31  Show Profile  Visit Mac's Homepage Send Mac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A lovely poem with warm sentiment and that wonderful message that we cannot forget, we just cannot allow that.
Thank you very much Maralyn.

Dream, Hope, Believe, Do
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Rob Carson

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Posted - 21/09/2018 :  09:40:05  Show Profile Send Rob Carson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thought the second and the last verse were particularly strong and resonant. When I read a poem I often look to see if within the poem there are other poems or poetic forms like quatrain, or couplets even, as sometimes you find verses which are strong enough to stand as poems on their own...
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Posted - 21/09/2018 :  15:15:27  Show Profile  Visit janhedger's Homepage  Send janhedger an AOL message Send janhedger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A full and frank poem of high merit.


We cannot stop, because if a single one of these men were taken and shot, that would be our fault - Edith Cavell
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