Lest we forget.

During  the  two  wars they also served who stayed behind.


Remember the women left back home.

They made the ammunition for Tommy

Dangerous work,they died too it was not funny.

Women became officers of the law

Something never heard of before.

Nurses, drivers  even pilots for planes

Remember  them  we  will never  know  their  names

Someone had to give  the  farmers a hand

Remember   the men  were  at war  in a  foreign  land.

The members  of  the ” fairer  sex ”

Drove  the  buses, trains  and  lorries

Kept  all essential job going , however  complex

They  also  fed  the family  and kept  the Home Fires  Burning


All images  from  Google Images  women  at  war  ww1 and  ww2

Those Bright Young Things.

We sent them off to war,

These bright young men

We had no knowledge what they saw,

They came home, bright young men no more .

Yes though 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

They 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.


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 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

They 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

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ladyleemanila
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 05:04:57

    lest we forget… your poems are all from the heart, thank you 🙂


    • willowdot21
      Nov 11, 2022 @ 07:32:07

      Thank you, a little combination of poems I have written over the years in honour of those who sacrificed all for us . Sadly looking at the world today we have not learnt a thing. …what a waste. 💜💜


  2. Ritu
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 05:20:31

    Beautiful, Sis.
    When I was at Uni, one of the drama projects we did was to write an educational play for school kids about the Land Army, and how it wasn’t just the soldiers who helped win the war, but the women and folk back home too. 🤗


  3. farah jasani
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 06:38:25

    Hats off!


  4. Shweta Suresh
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 06:53:05

    So many lives lost, so many lives changed forever. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten indeed. Beautifully written


  5. Clive
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 07:42:06

    A heartfelt tribute. We will remember them.


  6. beth
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 08:29:17

    beautiful and sad


  7. Matt
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 09:40:36



  8. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 10:08:40

    So many millions. Yet we keep on doing it.


  9. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 12:28:02

    Beautiful tribute for remembrance


  10. quiall
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 13:20:56

    Thank you for remembering them so eloquently. We must never forget


  11. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 13:33:55

    So sad the bright young men… and so sad it is happening again. We never learn. And there are always mad men to lead us into war. 😦


  12. noelleg44
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 14:03:41

    Thank you so much for remembering the women! They are so often forgotten. And yet they served.


  13. John W. Howell
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 15:01:43

    Well Done, Willow. A beautiful tribute to all who served.


  14. Teagan Riordain Geneviene
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 17:13:58

    Well done, Willow. Hugs on the wing.


  15. Dan Antion
    Nov 11, 2022 @ 23:06:39

    A beautiful and poignant tribute to all involved. We should never forget the true cost of war.


  16. Dale
    Nov 12, 2022 @ 04:09:58

    Beautifully done. And yes, so many men died or came back broken. We must not forget the women all of a sudden were put to work and when they returned, this was removed from them. So frustrating.


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