They gave their all

They gave their all


A solitary autumnal leaf of reddish brown

As if a visitor from the past

Fluttered along the street lined with a silent throng

Propelled by the morning wind 

It gradually settled on the steps of the War Memorial

A heavy scent of used gunpowder

Still pervaded the village from a night of bonfires

We stood silently and somberly before many names

Remembered for their gallantry and sacrifice

A distant sound of a military band

Grew closer and closer

Civic Leaders, Military personnel and clergy

Took their positions before the monument

An old grey haired lady left the crowd

She placed a solitary poppy fastened to a cross

At the foot of the obelisk

A personal tribute which we all saw and felt

It is a time to remember

A time of gratitude and sadness

For lost loves

◄ The Front

Integrity,Where is your sting? ►


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keith jeffries

Mon 4th Nov 2019 14:52

Jennifer, MC., Martin, Kevin, PO and Robert,

Thank you for kind comments on this poem.

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jennifer Malden

Sun 3rd Nov 2019 17:06

Great writing and absolutely agree about the first line. Here there is an allied war cemetery , very sad - there is one boy of only 17, and a great many Gurkhas and Indian troops. Apparently they were the only mountain troops we had.


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M.C. Newberry

Sun 3rd Nov 2019 15:01

Admirably atmospheric. I certainly agree with ME about the
opening that effortlessly sets the tone for this elegiac piece.🎖

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Martin Elder

Sun 3rd Nov 2019 14:44

what a wonderful opening to this poem. A great touch with the autumn leaf that some how makes this poem for me.
Nice one Keith

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kJ Walker

Sun 3rd Nov 2019 14:30

I always buy a Poppy, but to my shame I haven't made it to the cenetaph for a couple of years. I really must make the effort this time.
As ever I appreciate your postings.
You have a special way of capturing the moment.

Cheers Kevin

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