David Harris

Veteran Poet - 1,288 Points (18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

Do We Remember Them? Poem by David Harris

We remember our fathers
They remember their sons
Who fought long battles
And paid with their lives

We remember the glories
We have forgotten the pain, ,
of the widows and orphans,
of those who will never return again.

We remember the machinery
With which battles were fought
But the names of the fallen
Are all but forgot.

We remember, we say
With the crimson petalled poppy
And silence at eleven
On Remembrance Day

But of all the boys and men
Who fought wars large and small
Paying dearly with their lives
Do we really remember them, at all?

9 Nov 1986

Submitted: Sunday, February 04, 2007
Edited: Saturday, January 08, 2011

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  • Rookie Jim Foulk (4/20/2007 1:06:00 PM)

    yes we do. if it was for those brave people who died, where would are freedom be now, war is hell, but sometimes we can't stop it. this was a well written piece of great poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (3/13/2007 5:07:00 PM)

    Yes we do..through feeling, then that feeling is translated into words and written down as a poem such as this
    Brilliant compassionate writing
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alicia Patti (2/19/2007 9:28:00 AM)

    I really like this one, David. I like the image of the crimson petaled poppy. A very timely poem at this time when we need so much to support our troops. War is such a necessary evil when it comes to defending one's country. Will there ever be an end to tyrants? Another timely subject. Yes, you raise a good point about remembering our fallen heroes. Somehow a stone memorial seems a trivial tribute.

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  • Rookie Not a member No 4 (2/16/2007 4:48:00 PM)

    David, thanks to your goodself and others the necessary process of reminding people goes on. It's a great service you perform. The more conscious we remain of the tragic loss of life on the 'waste of war' (Burns) the greater the chance of ensuring that our political servants (for such is what they are) will seek other means of resolving disagreements. Very fine words indeed. jim (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew mark Wilkinson (2/16/2007 11:53:00 AM)

    How soon people forget, the ultimate Sacrifice payed by the men and boys who gave up there futures... great writind david...10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Dorn (2/9/2007 12:30:00 PM)

    Excellent write, David... a purposeful message and brilliantly composed. Well done! !
    Brian (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Melvina Germain (2/5/2007 2:42:00 AM)

    Sometimes I think we do forget, it's good every now and then to remind others of these men and boys and lets not forget the women also who played their part. It is crucial that we never forget these harsh and trying times and never forget those who put their lives on the line. A great poem David, one that needs to read by many.----Melvina---- (Report) Reply

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