Your memories are safe here enshrined at the door

Of which we nod with gratitude and thanks evermore

We may not know a loved one lost in the fight you fought

But hearts thank you for bravery given without a second thought

You gave your lives for future freedom you may never see

But that of the children at home you’d never bounce upon your knee

Our poppy it is worn with your sacrifice in mind

Of the lives you left at home and wives you left behind

You did it all with love and justice beating in your hearts

A better world you could see if we could only start

So now in the poppy fields where wildest blooms do grow

Should we not show that in the driest earth love can surely grow?

We must always remember your willingness to die

But the underlying reason for future generations to have less reason to cry.

Please respect these wishes for a free world and try again

Before we inflict upon our children more horror death or pain.

©AilsaCawley Poetry 2015

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