Rememberence Day.

There are more than one type of poppy these days, the red to remember the dead, the white for peace. The white to remember the conscientious objector. During WW1 and WW2 many thought these men were cowards. I do feel they were brave, enough to stand up for their beliefs. Many were tried and shot for not taking up arms. Many spent the war as medics and stretcher bearers unarmed or in the coal mines though of course not all wartime miners were objctors.

What ever you think, the wars killed them irrespective of their principles. I respect the Red and the White.

The Red and the White.

Both were brave
Each had their own
Principles to up
Hold. Neither, less than bold.
One would carry a weapon
The other a stretcher, no gun
Both men died for their own held beliefs
They were both lost and that loss brought much grief.

Then there is the Purple Poppy in remembrance of all the animals who died in service during conflicts and serve with us still in modern conflicts.

They pulled the gun carriages until they dropped
Carried messages and they got shot.
They search out the unexploded mines
They save lives a thousand times.
Spare a thought for the horse, pigeon, donkey dog and many more
Remember them, they all help us in times of war.

And the Men

We sent them off to war,

These bright young men

We had no knowledge of what they saw,

They came home, bright young men no more .

Yet brave they were no longer whole

Those that survived had no soul.

Many died,the lucky ones, death to them was kind.

Those who returned were faded in body and in mind.

Their loved ones at first relieved

Soon found they had much cause to grieve.

Though there, in body broken,

Their fears left unspoken

Their minds were left behind.

They went out whole, these bright young things.

They returned lost, holding on by gossimar strings

Taplow Court

They went full of pride for God and King

And ran head long into hell

On return they could not relinquish it’s spell.

So we had a nation of half men, half ghosts

Fearful, their heads still had them at their posts.

The trenches and the blasts of bombs, the smell of death

Clung to them and bled them dry, the whole in body, the blind of eye

The amputee, it was as if they had never left.

We sent them off to war,

These bright young men

We had no knowledge of what they saw,

They returned, bright young men no more.


Paintings by William Rothenstein.

Sadly nothing has changed, if you read the words at the end of this next video, and yes it’s even worse today.

Thank you for listening and reading . We must never forget.

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bwcarey
    Nov 11, 2021 @ 13:26:54

    Things have changed, the inner trauma that is so hard to heal. Lets not forget the pressure applied to the new lives forming, and that baggage so many pass on, listening is greater these days, but those who try to confuse and cause chaos, are working overtime to ensure all remain confused, fortunately, and this is real, the ancient words are being proved to be true. The help from above is all about, amen


  2. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Nov 11, 2021 @ 13:31:18

    Well done Willow. Too many losses both physical and mental. War is so sad.


  3. pensitivity101
    Nov 11, 2021 @ 14:19:43

    Good post Willow.


  4. Ritu
    Nov 11, 2021 @ 15:10:49

    War is so unnecessary, Sis. You’re hit the nail on the head with this πŸ’œ


  5. Dale
    Nov 11, 2021 @ 19:58:56

    Beautifully done, Willow


  6. TanGental
    Nov 12, 2021 @ 07:54:43

    Very touching


  7. Betty Hayes Albright
    Nov 12, 2021 @ 21:40:53

    A powerful and relevant post, Willow. It’s sad indeed that things haven’t changed much.


  8. Lorraine
    Nov 13, 2021 @ 04:56:18

    Often, the civilan cost of war isn’t factored in — like the chiling statistics of the James Blunt video. Civilians have always born the brunt of warfare: death, injury, dislocation whether word wars or [un]civil wars.
    Just checked re WWI: The total number of deaths includes from 9 to 11 million military personnel. The civilian death toll was about 6 to 13 million. (wikipedia)
    Powerful, evocative poetry!
    I didn’t know about white and purple poppies. The conscious objectors (and other civlian volunteers) who served as medics, ambulance drivers, and stretcher-bearers were very brave going unarmed into armed conflict.(I’m more familiar with WW!).
    Did you see the movie War Horse? We can forget just how non-automobile warfare was pre-ww2. The number of horses and dogs in WW1. And, troops from India, in particular, were deployed as bicyle messages along the front.
    The sadness is we have never learned from wars; and technology still is ahead of tactics and strategies — now”video game wars” with drones, missiles, satellittes etc.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 13, 2021 @ 09:57:37

      Yes the hidden casualties of war the lost the poor and the refugee sadly nothing changes.
      In WW1 the troops were used as cannon fodder as the Blackadder goes forth series portrays. The men the animals were just so awful. Animals to this day are used in warfare.
      I did not see War Horse I knew my heart could not watch it. Life is so bad so many many people suffer and will continue to. πŸ’œ


  9. robertawrites235681907
    Nov 16, 2021 @ 11:17:09

    This is quite exceptional, Willow. Thank you for sharing.


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