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Poppies, Red, Flowers, Wildflowers, Meadow, Field

"We are the dead. Short days ago We loved, felt dawn and saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved ...." By _ Lt. Col. John McCrae (In Flanders Field) 1915 ________________ Let me tell you a story . . . I recall a little boy who played in the sandbox and drove me crazy most of the time I had to chase him everywhere but he had a dream to be a soldier a Canadian Peace Keeper we, the family were proud but frightened also Dad would say, he is a peacekeeper so he will be okay anyone who tells you peacekeepers do not die is lying because they do ... my little brother came home in a box like so many he fought in a battle far, far from home I visit his grave often passing the rows and rows of white stone military markers my great grandpa fought in WWI I have a photograph of him in uniform my grandpa fought in WW2 he never spoke of what he saw grandma said he came back a changed man I think a lot about all the men and women who go to war who have given their lives for peace wish I could go to Flanders Field Cemetery and see the 12,000 crosses row after row is war to be part of this life forever for, it seems there is always a war somewhere I read somewhere that the poppies are dying in Flanders Field _____________________ November 13, 2021 Poetry/Narrative/Where Poppies Grow Copyright Protected, ID 11-1606-322-13 All Rights Reserved, 2021, Constance La France Written for the Premier contest, War sponsor, Kai Michael Neumann, Judged 12/22/2021 Seventh Place

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Date: 4/25/2022 1:27:00 PM
Oh Constance, thank you for inviting me to read this emotional poem. My heart hurts for the loss of your precious little brother. My dad fought in WWII, he didn't talk much about it but to say, those soldiers on the other side had families waiting, girlfriends, wives too, and that war is horrific and terrible, it is kill or be killed, but even survival from being in a war will wound a heart forever. God bless you Constance. May your precious brother rest in peace. <3 ~BJ
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Date: 4/25/2022 1:33:00 PM
BJ, thank you so much for visiting this emotional poem of mine, many soldiers cannot speak of what they saw/ee, images the haunt forever, how can they not ~blessings and love _Constance
Date: 4/21/2022 5:55:00 AM
Beautiful narrative (among your dozens) to emphasize the sacrifice of so many who died fighting for their country's honor. Well structured piece moving throughout your family and ending with a novel thought - the death of the poppies in Flanders Field. Perhaps the blue cornflowers will take over their task of decoration. They come up at random sometimes in the fields around here in the US.
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Date: 4/21/2022 8:39:00 AM
Reason, thank you for coming to read my poem and thanks for the compliment and comment ~Constance
Date: 4/14/2022 10:17:00 PM
A deeply touching tale of war and your brother, Constance:) moving:)
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Date: 4/15/2022 8:21:00 AM
Jo, thank you so much for the visit to my example poem and compliment, I am sure your poem for my contest will be wonderful ~ Constance
Date: 4/14/2022 9:24:00 PM
Beautiful example. I love it. God bless you. Love, Gina
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Date: 4/15/2022 8:21:00 AM
Gina, thank you so much for the compliment, I am sure your poem for my contest will be beautiful too, blessing ~Constance
Date: 12/22/2021 6:55:00 PM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing this---and yes, for courageously exposing war's grim reality' in your awesome poetic way. God bless you.
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Date: 12/23/2021 9:50:00 AM
Beata, thanks for the congrats and the comment and compliment, blessing ~ love and serenity _Constance
Date: 12/22/2021 8:53:00 AM
Great discussion on the theme of war together with examples of true incidents. Great writing. Congratulations!
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Date: 12/22/2021 1:17:00 PM
Christuraj, thanks for the comment, compliment and congratulations ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
Date: 12/22/2021 5:30:00 AM
I'm glad to see this on 7th position in the Premier contest. Congratulations
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Date: 12/22/2021 1:18:00 PM
Paghunda, thank you for the comment and congratulations ~ friendship and poetry _Constance
Date: 11/14/2021 11:56:00 PM
Very emotive and mentally visual Constance There will be earthquakes famine war and rumor Of war' before the end.) I think the rumours of War could be those we hear on crime plastic waste Drug enforcement on a virus anti social behaviour etc? Its A vouge word now.' The ww1 men were told there Would be no more war, I think we have to be More aware of what is said.. to then what becomes.'
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Date: 11/15/2021 7:29:00 AM
Joe, thank you for the visit and compliment, no more war ? I doubt I will ever see that in my lifetime ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
Date: 11/14/2021 10:59:00 AM
When I was a small boy, my grandmother would clap her hands and sing, "When Johnny comes marching home again" when she saw me. One day I asked her why I had to go off to war and she said, "Because that is what boys do, and when you come home, you will be a MAN!" I do hope mankind finds a better use for life!
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Date: 11/14/2021 2:09:00 PM
Rico, I find that so sad, that to be a man you have to fight in a war, sometimes boys (and women) and both sides not even knowing what they were fighting for. Thanks for the visit and the comment ~peace and tranquility _Constance
Date: 11/13/2021 4:29:00 PM
Beautiful poem! :)
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Date: 11/13/2021 4:49:00 PM
Arthur, thank you so much for visiting my poem and for the compliment, appreciate ~ peace and tranquility _Constance