Lest I Forget


My grandparents on their wedding day.
My grandparents on their wedding day.

When we laid you to rest

Beloved and bereaved

I saw you for the first time

Strangers crowded the small space

Old men and young

Slowly walking forward

To the sound of a single trumpet

It’s lone mournful wail

A testament to your life

Silently, silently they laid upon you

Poppy after poppy

Until you lay sleeping

Under a cover of red blooms

I used to hold your hand

As you laid a wreath

For men whose names

Only you remembered

For secrets and stories

Unheard and unspoken

I never said thank you

For the wars you fought

Before I was born

I never knew

Until you were gone

Today we remember all those brave men and women who have laid down their lives for us in so many many wars. If you pass a collection for servicemen today, please spare some change. If you have a moment, please a spare a thought for them, their families and their sacrifice. 

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I write because I have to. It is a compulsion. I do it to vent, to laugh and to remember. I blog because it has been so long since I had to write with a pen that my hand would go into cramp if I tried to write a journal.

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