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The lights in our Farmers' Market dim and 
there is momentary confusion till someone
whispers eleven o'clock and we stand in silence.

I look at my lapel, the poppy is missing, again.
I think of Passchendaele, a battle now one
hundred years ago, where more than four 
thousand Canadians died.
Yet today only just over a third of us can 
even pinpoint it to the First World War.

The lights return, I pay for my cheese and 
move on to meat, fruit and vegetables.
On the way out, I buy another plastic poppy
from the cadets at the door and hope
they will remember why.

Copyright © D.W. Rodgers | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 11/14/2017 11:13:00 AM

    Those who gave their lives to ensure the freedom of others must be remembered. I'm glad you bought another poppy, and I'm glad you write this poem in honor of those who have fallen. Blessings.
  1. Date: 11/14/2017 7:50:00 AM

    Such a poignant piece of poetry DW - and may we always continue to remember those who perished in conflict. This year I didn't buy a plastic poppy but a lapel badge as I too never manage to keep the other ones on my coat:-) hugs jan xx
  1. Date: 11/11/2017 5:22:00 PM

    I hope everyone remembered what today meant. It is a day to remember. have a nice evening my friend.