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(A Poem for Remembrance Day)
By Josie Whitehead

This is indeed a POEM TO PERFORM
and important for Secondary Schools too

My father fought in WW1.  Read about him here.  Also listen to him talking, see his medals and see the letter from King George.  He was one of the lucky ones to return.

Flower of the Eternal Sleep - wix.jpg
Listen to Dymock Choir, Gloucestershire, singing this poem and the music you can find HERE
Flower Of The Eternal Sleep - Dymock Choir
Josie's Voice Recording:-
Flower of the Eternal Sleep

Flower of the eternal sleep,
Watching with the ones who weep -
       You, whose lives, so short in bloom,
Watched the bloodshed, death and gloom.

You trembled to the sound of guns
Which tore to death
*beloved sons.
      You fluttered, died before your time –
      Dropped blood red petals in their prime.

Crimson poppies 'neath the clouds,
Short lived, yet colourful and proud;
     Now worn by people with such pride
     Remembering those who bravely died.

You represent young lives cut short -
Those who, for freedom, bravely fought.
      Flower of the eternal sleep 
      Silently your vigil keep. 


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* I say 'beloved sons' because in the First World War it was mainly  men fighting, but I do realize that many women gave, and are still giving, so very much of themselves in war.   What would we do without our women?  Thank you.  Josie


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