11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month – Lest We Forget 3

Why are they selling poppies Mummy, selling poppies in town today?

The poppies, child, are flowers of love, for the men who marched away.

But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy? Why not a beautiful rose?

Because my child, men fought and died in the fields where poppies grow.

But why are the poppies so red Mummy? Why are the poppies so red?

Red is the colour of blood my child. The blood that our soldiers shed.

The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy. Why does it have to be black?

Black, my child is the symbol of grief, for the men who never came back.

But why, Mummy are you crying so? Your tears are giving you pain.

My tears are my fears for you my child, for the world is forgetting again.

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3 thoughts on “11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month – Lest We Forget

  • Trish Donmall Post author

    I remember my grandfather always speaking about the importance of Remembrance Day and helping my grandfather and grandmother make poppies to sell for the MOTHS. It has stuck with me to this day and I hope to be able to pass that on to my daughters as they grow up.

  • Sylvia F. Hammond

    Hi Trish & Des, yes I agree we should all remember – in addition to the two World Wars where people of all groups lost their lives, we have all the wars that were fought between the people who arrived and those already here.

  • Des Squire

    Thank you Trish for reminding us – perhaps we as South Africans of whatever colour or creed can learn from this and make today a day for reconcilliation and puting the past behind.