59374  Poems Read Home Login


Poppy Day 11th November

The long dead soldier on the Cenotaph
Lies above each scarlet wreath
Precisely placed by each dignitary
On that stone plinth beneath.
A solitary bugle pours out
The haunting liquid sounds
Of tribute and remembrance
Into those streets all around.

The veterans stand at attention,
Fewer of them each passing year;
Sometimes a ramrod back
Is topped by a face near tears.
Veterans of newer wars
Now make their numbers swell,
Separated by many years
United by combat's hell.

The silence is broken. The parade
Disassembles and is soon gone.
Just groups of silent individuals
For a short while linger on.
A broken poppy falls
Unnoticed to the street
To be bruised and trampled on
By unknowing uncaring feet.

Those wreathes of Flanders Poppies
Will in time be moved and cleared
Until the next parade
The next passed year.
Lip service having been paid,
The politicians having the right,
With no lessons really learned
Will still despatch our boys to fight

Can there be be any more
Such a thing as the just war

©2000 - 2019 - Individual Authors of the Poetry. All rights reserved by authors.

Visit My Home Page | Start Your Own Poetry Site | PoetryPoem
[ Control Panel ]  [ Today's Poetry - ALL Poets ]  [ Search ]

dreamweaver POETRY BY KRIS ~ DREAMWEAVER - ~WELCOME TO DREAMLAND~ Read my Poems to Know me. I am in my poems.  
poetic2050 Poetry by poetic2050 - Feedback and critique requested.  
poet5170 Poetry by Elsie - *WELCOME TO MY WORLD* ~ Read my poems full of fact, fiction and fantasy.  
countrypoet Poetry by CountryPoet - Language of Enchantment Words are beautiful...  
Poetry by Brian - Wonderful Poems For Wonderful People Truly A Poem For Everyone. Uplifting, and Truthful.  
Life Lines by Malibu Poetess - Straight forward prose and poetry on life, love, joy and disillusionment.  
mykalangelo poems of Mykalangelo. - Tell me whatever, I'm not here often From poetrypoem.com your life will grow  

poetry2071     gingersgenre      diggerd      poet6958      allseasonsverse  View All Poets
Newest Item: When We letGO and letGODS Will beDONE
When we LetGO and LetGODS will beDONE When  ourHEART g.     ... More
Added: 2019-06-17  My Poetry List  PoetryPoem.com      Get a Free Site       Blogs     Stories     Premium Sites