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I have you here in a photo frame,

in it you're young though you died

in 1916. Why is it, that you cast

long shadows around me, I never 

knew you, never heard your name.


One hundred years ago you left.

took the Kings shilling, departed

for the great fight, that's all I know

except you never returned, lie buried

somewhere in Flanders. Days i wonder

did you regret or accept, that with your

sacrifice, life would prevail in the shadows

of your grave. Grandad is your name, one

i attach to your photo in the gold frame.


The shadow you left is, i never got too 

know you or your name. Today I sit on 

the end of my bed, stare at your photo,

you're only a young guy in uniform, too

young to be a grandad, but we're the

the shadows left behind, even though 

we never thought enough about your 

sacrifice, to even ask anyone for your name.

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