Prose for Thought – Wear Your Poppy With Pride

Prose for Thought – Wear Your Poppy With Pride

Proseimage.large_-783x1024.poppyWelcome to this week’s Prose for Thought and thank you to those of you who linked up last week.

I have also completed this month’s poetry and prose round-up over on BritMums so please take a look here for all the people who have been featured.

As this post publishes, I shall be on a train to the WTM exhibition being held at the Excel in London. I am really lucky to be part of the Blogger Speed Networking event and I know some of my fellow bloggers who will be there too. I nearly wrote a poem about travel today BUT there is something much more important coming up. Remembrance Sunday.

Grace was lucky enough to go and see the poppies at the Tower of London last weekend and I am planning to go after BlogFest on Saturday. There is also a superb post going up on kidGLloves tomorrow with Grace and Lucas’s thoughts on wearing a poppy. I felt it was fitting to write a poem about that today.

Wear Your Poppy With Pride

11370_986706531345377_576647094277500020_nI’ll never forget what they did for us
Going off to their fate without any fuss
Their bravery, it knew no bounds
As they set foot on foreign grounds

Unbelievable horrors they saw
One of the many spoils of war
The bullets flying over their heads
The reason we sleep safely in our beds

Parted from loved ones, contact hard
Each letter poured through by a guard
Rations meant bartering had to be done
It’s the price you pay for a loaded gun

The young today must never forget
All those soldiers lives that paid a debt
For us to live happy, for us to be free
The brave be remembered eternally

Flanders fields gave us the poppy in red
So lest we forget the brave and the dead
A sea of remembrance for those who died
Each year. At this time. Wear your poppy with pride

Victoria Welton 5th November 2014

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  1. November 17, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Still so saddened by the sheer volume of loss and, as you say, the horrors they endured. A very thought-provoking poem x

  2. November 6, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Perfectly brilliant poem. Can’t imagine how overwhelming it must be to see all those poppies for real.

    I haven’t had a chance to write something new this year so I’m sharing last year’s again for new viewers x
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  3. November 6, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Lovely words.
    I don’t think we’ll get to see the poppies at the Tower unfortunately but they look both sobering and absolutely stunning in aerial views.
    So important that future generations never forget x

  4. November 6, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Very moving poem for a very powerful display. I’ve seen bits of the display as it was being created and saw a news report of when it was finished. Its very symbol is a haunting reminder of what brave men and women sacrifice for a country’s well-being and freedom. You said it right in your piece: the young must never forget the debt these lives paid. Thank you for hosting. I look forward to another round next week!
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  5. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    November 6, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Beautiful sentiments so well expressed. We saw the Tower display in summer when it was still being made. I can only imagine how beautiful it would look now. Hope to see you at BlogFest and thanks for featuring me in the BritMums round-up x
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  6. Maddy@writingbubble
    November 6, 2014 / 10:08 am

    A very powerful and touching poem. The scale of the horror and the loss is something I’m not sure our generation can truly understand. xx
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  7. November 6, 2014 / 8:31 am

    A very thought-provoking poem. We have been to see the poppies too – so very sobering to think that each one represents a life lost during WW1 – and just the British ones. So important to remember them at this time of year. I will definitely be wearing my poppy with pride.
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