Friday, 11 November 2011

Remember Them - A Tribute Poem!

Through ages past we danced our life from seed to journey’s end.

WE shimmied in carpets green and gold and watched through rainbow arches. WE flounced in drifts of blue and white, oft spied beneath some wooded bough. Yet, no other it would seem as wild in dance and blaze of glory. 


Why then that WE, the chosen symbol of death, of grieving, and remembrance?





A rippling breeze, a howling gale, wind-ravaged, wet and ragged, and still we stand on spidered green. 
Yet, the whispering and singing of the grasses, and leaves all hollering from the trees, none of that can temper our vibrancy. 

Why then that WE, the chosen symbol of death, of grieving, and remembrance?


Adrift in canorous water-filled holes, fluttering through bared bones and twisted metal, we've see the lifeless souls depart, from the barbarous sins of wars and wants. Yet, still we remain, in annihilations waste, beacons all aflame.

So perhaps, most blessed then are WE, the immodest among our species, who represent death, grieving, and remembrance. For when our garish scarlet hue stands proud upon lapels, WE, we are the symbol of the fallen. 

For battlefields and oceans deep are a hellish place to die. 

Francine Howarth
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10 comments:

Carol Kilgore said...

Nice poem. Thank you for remembering.

M Pax said...

A very lovely remembrance. Veteran's Day always makes me sad ...

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Lovely writing. The last line is so sad. Bless the Vets among us and now gone.

Empty Nest Insider said...

This is such a deeply moving poem, and heartfelt tribute to all of the Veterans who have fought to keep us safe.

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Ladies,

Thanks for stopping by. I do feel it's a special day and not only for those who lost their lives in battle, but also for those with life-changing injuries.

best
F

Hywela Lyn said...

Beautiful poem Francine -
'Lest we forget'!

L'Aussie said...

Hi Francine. I didn't get to do a post this year. Last year I posted In the Trenches and collated all the Remembrance posts.

I was awed by your poem. Just now my news channel was showing footage of the ceremonies in Britain, seeing as it's behind us. Our ceremonies are on the 11/11, on the actual day.

Thanks for posting. All of the poem is stunning, but the last line is most memorable.

Denise

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Hywela and Denise,

Thanks for stopping by to comment. Yep, the poetic soul will out itself on occasion of emotional impulse! ;)

best
F

Jamie Burch said...

This is a beautiful tribute, Francine. I love pieces that pull at my emotions and bring tears to my eyes.

Take care,
~Jamie

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for stopping by. It is an emotional time of year for many, though there are other times, too, which tug at heart-strings.

best
F