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Who Knows? WHO Will Remember??
by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
Friday, May 23, 2008
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...the many fields of Red Poppies...




Red Poppies
scattered the world over
sold on Memorial Day
in Remembrance
of many.

But who knows why?
Who is there that will
Will you? And tell your children
and your grandchildren?

Red Poppies
scattered the world over
amid white crosses
pronouncing our dead...
our dead who may be forgotten.

How can we allow this;
how can we forget those
from WWI, the war to end
all wars, on through wars 
in Afghanistan and  Iraq?

All our Armed Forces,
men and women so courageous,
must be remembered
for their valor; they never once
forgot us back home.

Ask around you
of strangers, if need be,
"Do you know the meaning
of The Red Poppy
of Memorial Day?"

They may just stare at you,
not because you are
a stranger
but because
they do not know the answer.

And we sit and wonder...
wonder what has happened
to our country; why we have
sold our souls for
a few paltry "Sales" coins...

© Jackie (Micke) Jinks, May 2008



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Reviewed by John Domino 4/11/2009
I remember!

Thank you for such a wonderful poem!

Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/31/2008
How ever did I missed this outstanding Write
Glad Iwas Surfing the den
Thank You Jackie
Love & Peace

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/29/2008
Thank you, Jackie, for reinforcing to me that the tragedy of war is FOR ALL TIME AND FOR ALL PEOPLES. The scale of the ravages can never ever be over-estimated. I can only visualise, usually, the fields of Flanders and the Normandy beaches... but your despairing words here clutch at my heart and make me actually SEE the enormity, globally, of what it is we need to feel, understand and remember... EVERY DAY!!! Thank you for taking my vision wider than the purely local and historic, which is what our November 11th tends to be about. Kate xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/26/2008
Ours is November eleven but hey... ...the meanning is the same and thank you, Micke. Love and peace,

Reviewed by John Leko 5/26/2008 agreement...your pen reminds me that I am...and I thank you for this.
wonderful tribute...the color of one give us to remember so many.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/26/2008
Heartbreaking truisms Micke! You tell it so well,
beautiful work!...ET
Reviewed by richard cederberg 5/26/2008
Beautiful and honorable write. Priorities are skewed (its a fact) and judgement is looming, even at the door. Many blessings dear and talented woman ...
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/25/2008
great tribute Jackie, and it does hold oceans, oceans our soldiers died and fought on, :( hugs
Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/25/2008
They led freedom's cause around the world through the centuries of our history. Let no man forget this debt of gratitude. JMW
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/25/2008
THis is POWERFUL!!!!!!! Very thought provoking, loveit.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/25/2008
I often wonder the very same, Micke - what's happened to this once great nation of ours. And I truly hope your message is heeded, and handed down to the youngsters of today.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/24/2008
Beautiful my friend, I love to drive down through Tenn. about this time of year along the interstate right down the center is red poppies as far as the eye can behold! Love the flowers, love the message within the flower itself...excellent write my friend!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 5/24/2008
Thanks for sharing this..
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/24/2008
Good wake up call for all of us to take heed.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/24/2008
Our soldiers are in my prayers and thoughts, they will not be forgotten. Wonderful, touching write. With people like you, they are loved and remembered. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/24/2008
The Eleventh Commandment should have been "You shall not forget" because after Memorial Day the vast mayority does.

Reviewed by Approximately Naive 5/24/2008
You wouldn't believe the anti-military attitude that has infested UK society today. It is incredibly irrational. It manifests itself in frenzied hatred, and largely stems from the self-loathing left that hates anything to do with Western values, the very values that gives these folk the freedom to voice this hatred openly without fear of oppression. The malignant influence of extreme Islam has added fuel and also takes part in voicing this hatred with impunity.
The memory of WW1 and the veterans of WW2 must despair at this poisonous sore that desperately needs to be lanced before it's too late to rescue the values that our brave men and women in the military defend, and for which millions of young men died for.

We salute their esteemed memory and also their precious names.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/23/2008
Shame on those who don't remember the REAL reason behind Memorial Day: the sacrifices made by our brave men and women who served and continue TO serve our great nation!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( *SALUTE*

Much needed reminder; forget about the stupid sales!! REMEMBER OUR VETERANS FIRST!!!!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/23/2008
Wonderful poem, Micke. Source of the red poppies is probably the WWI
poem In Flanders Fields, written on the battlefield by Lt. Col. John McCrae (May 3, 1915). The poem reads in part:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders fields.

Through your poem, Micke, you hold the torch high.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/23/2008
Who knows? Who will remember? I will - as the daughter of/sister of/niece of/cousin of Veterans, as well as a Veteran myself, I better remember! God bless those who unselfishly serve our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic - I wonder if the enemy lies in plain sight - apathy. Sad. Well done, and thank YOU for honoring us, the lucky ones who made it home, and those who paid the ultimate price - sacrificing their lives.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/23/2008
I wonder indeed! Seems that nothing is sacred anymore unless there is a dollar sign attached and I find that to be very sad....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/23/2008
I do remember the red poppies and always will. The white crosses are for purity too and thank you for reminding us that the soldiers over there do not forget us either.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 5/23/2008
History repeats itself because of forgetfulness Micke, Bless You!
Jasmin Horst
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