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Lest We Forget

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Below is the poem entitled Lest We Forget which was written by poet Bernadette Langer. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Lest We Forget

In churned up soil the poppy rose 
On top of death, still steadily grows 
And in our minds we see the crosses 
That lie in rows and count our losses 

Blood that drips from tiniest bloom 
Beloved children, lost from the womb 
Their essence blown upon the earth 
For infinity, will show their worth 

And so they marched by decree 
A war they fought, so we could be free 
The poppy, how we remember them now 
So in silence we do reverently bow 

One single day, just once every year
To remember all the horror and fear 
To give thanks and praise, to those in need 
Who saved us through unselfish deed 

For so young when they said goodbye 
With no idea that so many would die 
In Flanders Fields where poppies grow 
Innocence, now lays buried in each row 

For those that did return safely home 
Their spirit lost and so had flown
To fly away among the peaceful skies 
With friends and larks with carefree eyes

In the thunder hear the roar of guns
Calling to all our native sons
Arise, arise, from sleep once more
For once again, there will be war

In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow 
They cover our loved ones, buried below 
Like a blanket, they protect all within 
From a world that is ravished by sin 

More souls will join them as the years go by 
More wars will be fought, as the lark does cry 
More fields will be filled, with our dead 
And poppies will mark their graves in red

"Lest we forget and more shall die"
"In Flanders Fields our loved ones lie"

 

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  1. Date: 5/30/2009 7:15:00 AM
    This still brings tears to my eyes. PROFOUND UNIVERSAL MESSAGE IN THIS MASTERPIECE, dear Bernadette. Lainie

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 3:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 2:05:00 PM
    Congrats on the perfectly timed re-feature. With 2 friends lost in Vietnam, this one is special to me. Vince

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 8:46:00 AM
    Congrats once again as you are being honoured once again with another feature of the week. We can’t get this kind of well deserved honour else where other than poetrysoup. Keep writing, you are a great poet… Leke

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 1:48:00 AM
    Knock, knock, knock! I just want to let you know that someone enjoyed reading this poem being featured this week. Congratulations my friend, more power and success. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/24/2009 5:02:00 PM
    Just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on having your poem featured to my other two comments. I wish you ongoing success with your writing. Karen