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Remembrance
by Helena Harper
Saturday, November 14, 2009
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I was asked to write a poem for the remembrance ceremony that took place on 11th November 2009 at 11.00am in my local community and this is what I wrote - a poem in honour of those who have fought and lost their lives in the wars that have scarred and continue to scar our planet.


Today we remember,
today we show respect,
honouring those who've fallen,
the brave, courageous dead.
My heart bleeds for their sacrifice,
for the families who've cried,
for the pain and hurt
when their precious loved ones died.

How many more victims must there be
before the heartache and fighting can stop?
Before families lose the fear
of being wrenched apart
and children can enjoy every day
because human lives are no longer lost?

The wars continue,
the fighting lives on,
but my hope is for a future
where such things will have ceased
and all of mankind can finally live
in unity and peace.

Copyright © Helena Harper 2009

 

 

Helena Harper, poet & children's author

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Reviewed by David Thompson 12/15/2013
Thank you, Helena, for this lovely poem. I, too, wish for the day when there will be no more bloodshed and heartache. But as long as there is a hunger for power, then war seems inevitable. Although I escaped being wounded in war, the chemical, Agent Orange, has taken its toll on me both physically and emotionally. Yes, I would love to see an end to it all. On a lighter note, I love your name. In fact, I have a distant cousin with the same name. Also, the state capital of Montana bears the name Helena as well. Perhaps I'm telling you something you already knew. I suppose it's the teacher in me. Take care, Helena.

David Lee Thompson
Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 5/4/2011
Very hopeful work. My favorite holiday is Memorial Day mainly because it's the time we recognize and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, not to mention it's in my favorite month (May) and we don't need to do anything 'out of the ordinary' like other holidays.

Tom
Reviewed by Paul Judges 12/16/2009
Well chosen words, Helena.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 11/16/2009
I enjoy reading this poem.A well written poem.,take care
Reviewed by steve Chering 11/14/2009
Well spoken Helena' nice name too.
Life goes on and on and remembering seems to fade with every year that passes, fortunately we still do huh?
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