Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 44
The Red Poppy

The Red Poppy

This April morning cold and dark
We are standing on the stones,
With lots of other people
Who have left their warm dry homes.
We all wait to hear the cornet call
That lonely haunting sound
Of Reveille and The Last Post
At the Unknown Soldiers Mound.
We all stand in reverent silence
And allow ourselves to be,
Immersed in memories of those men
Who fought to keep us free.
The men who sacrificed their youth
Who gave up life and limb,
So that we might have our liberty
And be free of tyrants grim.
We acknowledge what they sacrificed
We acknowledge all the pain,
We acknowledge their commitment
To risk death or being maimed.
We salute resolve and courage,
We do remember to commend
And with pride we wear that poppy
Lest we forget …
Those brave, young men.
For that bright red poppy represents
The very best that we have laid
At the feet of those departed souls
On this ANZAC Day parade.
Mangere Bridge
25 April 2008 


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