Friday, November 11, 2011

please remember us

we are,
the overpowering sound of guns & tanks
that cause everyone pain & suffering

we are,
the wilted, beautifully crimson poppies
in Flander's Field

we are, 
the serene doves
that shut out the malice,
the fighting below us

we are,
the blood stained land
that people stand on
taking the lives of others
yet trying to stay living

we are,
the foul, muddy trenches
with rats & insects
that carry awful diseases

we are,
the nurses & doctors
who care for the wounded soldiers & fighters

we are,
the loved ones
who sit at home
each day crying bitter tears
waiting, always waiting

we are,
the death & sadness
that war causes

we are,
the fighters & soldiers
who made November 11th
a day to remember

Please remember us.

{This is a poem I wrote years ago for my grade 9 English class and read aloud in front of the whole school at my Junior High School's Remembrance Day ceremony.  Remembrance Day is a very special day for me because my Grandfather fought in WWII (see last year's post) and my Dad works for Veteran's Affairs.  On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, lest we forget.}

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  1. This poem is so sweet and touching. My grandfather also fought in WWII and my great grandfather fought in WWI. Thank you for this!


  2. What a beautiful poem! You are a very talented writer. Thank you for posting this. I have several veterans in my life to celebrate today.



  3. You are so talented. This is a very beautiful and touching poem. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. this is a beautiful poem. And a great memorial. You're an amazing writer:)

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  5. I have one son in the Navy and one already out. Can I post your poem on my facebook page?

  6. What a beautiful poem you've written hun. I cant even begin to try and understand how important this day is for you (here in NZ we naturally do not celebrate it) but I hope it is a very sombering yet pleasant day for you ^_^


  7. What a beautiful and touching poem, thanks for sharing.:D

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  8. Jenny,
    As an English teacher, I can truly tell you that this is an amazing poem....and even more amazing penned by a 9th grade student. It comes from the heart and it has depth and has soul. It comes from someone who was raised in an environment of awareness. Your grateful heart will be felt by the souls of those who served.

    Joann in CO!!

    and WOW, your dad works in Veteran's Affairs....I've been on the phone with them a LOT lately!!!!

  9. lovely poem!
    hope you had a great weekend

  10. that's a beautiful poem written by a mere 9 year old. Very poignant. You're so good with words. And your grand dad is awesome!


  11. Wow... what for a poem... amazing, it's really powerful. In the UK on Nov 11th there are lots of celebrations too... they wear poppy flowers (brooch) for weeks, as a symbol of respect...
    I was without internet for a week, and today I'll fly... I hate long flights, but what can I do...
    Well, just to say that I saw your previous outfit now and it's lovely!
    Have a great week!

  12. You are very talented...this poem is beautiful. Well done, darling. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  13. What a beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing this.

  14. What a beautiful remembrance! My uncle was in the airforce. This is a lovely tribute.


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