A poppy and a poem, with a note for mates
WHY do I wear a poppy?
I’ll tell you if I may, because I believe remembrance is not only for one day.
I wear it for the fallen, and for those falling still for those who come back broken in body or in will.
For the parents, spouses, siblings where bereavement takes its toll.
Whose pain will never leave them, it eats into their soul, for the wino on the corner, of his old life nothing’s left.
Now he wishes when in battle he had died a hero’s death.
For the lad who loved a kick-about in the park with all his mates, but now his legs are held together with pins and metal plates
For the selfless men and women whose final journey home, is in a union flag-draped coffin on comrades’ shoulders borne.
For all those marching proudly In Remembrance Day parades, my poppy’s worn in gratitude for the sacrifice they made.
Rest in peace. Jack Colbert, Seaforth NOTE: Many former Royal Navy personnel having left, possibly quite some time back, are now missing the camaraderie they had with their old shipmates.
To relive that camaraderie and possibly meet their old shipmates, they should get the monthly mailing list of RN reunions giving the dates, which HM ship’s association, where it is being held and who to contact.
Have a look at www.rnshipmates.co.uk and check out the Reunions section, there are now well over 30. Reunions listings is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
See where the reunions are held, and what is included; a visit somewhere, a gala dinner, a traditional tot of rum on most of them. This service is free – no subscriptions or donations.