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The Poppy..


Please wear a poppy the Lady said,
And held one forth but I shook my head,
Then i stopped & watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old & lined with care,
But beneath the scars the years had made,
There remained a smile that refused to fade,

A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along with care free feet,
His smile was full of joy and fun,
Lady he said may I have one,
When she pinned it on he turned to say,
Why do we wear a poppy today.

The Lady smiled in her whistful way,
And answered this is Rememberance Day,
And the poppy there is a symbol for,
The gallant men who died in the War,
And because they did you & Iare free,
Thats why we wear a poppy you see.

I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes,
He loved to play & jump & shout,
Free as a bird he would race about,
As the years went by he learned and grew,
And became a man as you will too.

He was fine & strong with a boyish smile,
But he seemed with us such a little while,
When War broke out he went away,
I still remember his face that day,
When he smiled at me and said goodbye,
I’ll be back soon mum please dont cry.

But the War went on & he had to stay,
All I could do was wait & pray,
His letters told of the awful fight,
I can see it in my dreams at night,
With tanks & guns & cruel barbed wire,
And the mines,bullets bombs & fire.

Till at last the War was won,
And that’s why we wear a poppy son,
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said thanks Lady i’m glad to know,
That sure did sound an awful fight,
But did your son come back alright.

A tear rolled down each faded cheek,
She shook her head but did not speak,
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you’d have done the same,
For our thanks in giving is oft delayed,
Though our freedom was bought & thousands paid.

And so when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne,
By those who gave their very all,
When asked to answer their Country’s call,
That we at home in peace might live,
Then wear a poppy…remember and give.

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That is a beautiful poem, i've never heard it before.
We will remember .

11 Nov, 2011


I agree with Tulsalady... This brought tears to my eyes... x

11 Nov, 2011


Very poignant poem . . .

11 Nov, 2011


A beautiful poem it also brought a tear to my eyes aswell x

11 Nov, 2011


ver thoughtful poem, I was pleased to see the majority in our village wore them today-- and not all older folk....
there will be a good turnout at the war memorial too-- the scouts,guides and brownies plant a cross for a name on the memorial

11 Nov, 2011


Very touching poem, thank you.

11 Nov, 2011


lovely poem joan, i havent heard this one before.
i had tears when we did a min silence today at work, its the sound of big ben and the quiet all around, people deep in thought, its very emotional x

11 Nov, 2011


Thats a beautiful poem Joan and it does bring a lump to ones throat, thankyou for sharing....

11 Nov, 2011


my art group all stood for 2 minutes, and I'm pleased that FIFA relented, can I ask do other countries have poppies on Armistice Day?

11 Nov, 2011


Pam, I think all Commonwealth countries partake . . .

11 Nov, 2011


Thank you all for your comments...I had it sent to me by a cousin in Canada & thought i would share it with you.

11 Nov, 2011


thankyou Shirley its something that just hadn't crossed my mind but its very good to know...x

12 Nov, 2011


beautiful poem, i too haven't heard it before, says it all really doesn't it? thanks for posting it

12 Nov, 2011


Thank you SK, you are welcome..Ithink it says it all too..:o)

12 Nov, 2011


As the roll call went through today I looked at the ages of the young men who have died in recent conflicts. All I could think of was their mothers and wives and all their tears and broken dreams.

13 Nov, 2011


Hi Troddles..yes it is so sad isnt it ? i too think of their families left behind..:o(

13 Nov, 2011


Thank you Joanella, it's as true today as ever, the ultimate sacrifice.

14 Nov, 2011


Your welcome is, you are right..

16 Nov, 2011

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