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The Poppy

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The Poppy

The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month this year
The poppy will be proudly worn by those who showed no fear
They fought the world war for us, so we could be free
Never having to bow down to Hitler’s tyranny

In nineteen fourteen to nineteen eighteen they laid their lives on the line
Then from thirty nine to forty five being told all would be fine
We thank all of our allies who fought with us side by side
So let no one ever look at a poppy with a sneer, just with pride

For they gave so much in conflict to bring about peace
For some they have lived it, upon their military release
So on this one day of the year they deserve our full respect
At the cenotaph lay poppy wreaths we should not show neglect

Remember at this time our soldiers still fight and die
As for freedom and justice they valiantly try
They too should be remembered for some they will give all
As into the battle they go and some they know must fall

So wear  you’re poppy with dignity 
For every mother and father, whose lost a daughter or a son,
Yes wear you’re poppy with dignity
For every child, that lost a mum or dad beneath a blazing sun

Yes wear you’re poppy with dignity
For every pilot, soldier and sailor
Please wear you’re poppy with dignity
As we celebrate victory not failure

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  1. Date: 11/18/2012 10:57:00 PM
    this is so nice..another soupmail for all..thanks Owen.. all the best for you <3 <3 <3 SK

    Yeates Avatar Owen Yeates
    Date: 11/19/2012 12:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Sukmawati thank you so much for your comment, all the best Owen
  1. Date: 11/17/2012 8:48:00 AM
    Owen my friend nice to be back and reading your work, I like this alot, and funnily enough I have posted one about the war as well, take care...David

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 12:41:00 AM
    this is excellent Owen, truly a wonderful heartfelt dedication......

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 12:40:00 PM
    Great poem Owen! Beautiful poem,and very thoughtfully expressed my friend.Have a peaceful and blessed weekend! Take care Mr Yeates:)

  1. Date: 11/13/2012 6:09:00 PM
    As they say, freedom has a price and surely we have time to remember those who gave and lost so we could have and gain. I wonder about the fairness of it all. A beautiful write Owen.

    Yeates Avatar Owen Yeates
    Date: 11/19/2012 12:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Elixabeth thanks for your comment, all the best Owen
  1. Date: 11/13/2012 12:42:00 AM
    What a timely piece today...Your thoughts...for many of us today..could never have been as beautifully expressed ...as you have done for me today!

    Yeates Avatar Owen Yeates
    Date: 11/19/2012 12:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Frank thanks for the comment, all the best Owen
  1. Date: 11/12/2012 3:13:00 PM
    I remember you would see those poppies a lot being sold or given out on the streets when I was a kid. I sure miss it!

    Yeates Avatar Owen Yeates
    Date: 11/19/2012 12:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Andrea yes me to, thanks for dropping by, all the best Owen
  1. Date: 11/12/2012 3:13:00 PM
    Great work honoring our military men and women..Enjoyed reading your excellent work..I did not see anyone selling the poppies today where we went though..Thanks for your review of my work..Your comments were so uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 1:12:00 PM
    Called 'The Greatest Generation' for good reason...my late father was a sea-plane pilot who among other things, flew rescue missions during The Battle of Midway...he didn't talk about it much...great tribute, Owen - Tim

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 11:19:00 AM
    Hi Owen - Your tribute is a good one! I like the respect you show our veterans with your considerate and sensitive words. Thanks for stopping by to read my poems. - Gail

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 5:41:00 PM
    Well said Owen, we have much to be thankful for.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 2:45:00 PM
    A kind, thoughtfull write. Thanks for stopping by my writes. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 1:38:00 PM
    A beautiful write my friend...It really got me in the heart on this special day.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 12:37:00 PM
    A heartfelt sentiment, indeed...enjoyed reading this today. Poppies (the paper ones that used to be distributed by the American Legion and others) are no longer available in this area, but they were definitely an appropriate symbol to encourage us to remember our brothers in arms.

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 11:52:00 AM
    Wooow.....very,very well written Owen !!!! - Have a nice Sunday afternoon. - - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Yeates Avatar Owen Yeates
    Date: 11/11/2012 12:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Anne Lise always nice to hear from you, thanks alot, have a great week , all the best Owen