Michael Wride

Rookie (December,5th 1968 / Wells, Somerset, England, UK)

NAMES (Cheddar War Memorial 1987) Poem by Michael Wride


Names
All that remain
Engraved in copper
Turning green

Names
No hint of pain
Of dreams undone
For the fighting they've done
All that remains
Their names

Submitted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Edited: Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This was written in 1987, while I was sitting on the steps of Cheddar war memorial in Somerset waiting to meet a friend. I felt a deep sadness for the men whose names were there. The copper on which their names was engraved was being oxidised and turning green. Nothing lasts - their bodies were gone and now even their names were disappearing...

Comments about this poem (NAMES (Cheddar War Memorial 1987) by Michael Wride )

  • Rookie Heather Wilson (2/1/2013 2:54:00 AM)

    And now a car has knocked a part of that memorial down, repairs are under way, but it will never be the same again, all so sad. (Report) Reply

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