Richard Wlodarski

Gold Star - 106,557 Points (Febuary 23,1952 / France)

Lest We Forget - Poem by Richard Wlodarski

Lest we forget
Those who were blinded
So that we may see
Lest we forget
Those who were deafened
So that we may hear
Lest we forget
Those who were silenced
So that we may speak
Lest we forget
Those who lost their taste for killing
So that we may all taste living

Through art
We shed tears
For your blindness
Through music
We mourn
Your deafness
Through poetry
Tears falling
For your silence
Through our love
Heart-felt tears
For your dying
Heart-felt thanks
For this gift
Of seeing
Heart-felt thanks
For this gift
Of hearing
Heart-felt thanks
For this gift
Of speaking
And most of all
Heart-felt thanks
For this gift
Of living

Topic(s) of this poem: art, blind, death, evil, life, memory, mind, music, poetry, remembrance


Comments about Lest We Forget by Richard Wlodarski

  • (12/4/2019 7:59:00 AM)

    Forget for good the poet has written a good poem likes. (Report)Reply

    (12/5/2019 2:42:00 AM)

    Greatly appreciated, Gangadharan

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (12/2/2019 7:12:00 PM)

    Richard, A stellar tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for freedom so we can live out lived under that blanket they provided us with as well as those actively serving and place their life in jeopardy everyday. A well penned work by a polished scribe... FjR (Report)Reply

    (12/3/2019 1:55:00 AM)

    Frank, I am humbled and honoured in receiving such a positive response from a poet of your stature. Thank you so much.

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  • Smoky Hoss (12/1/2019 11:49:00 AM)

    A vision well expressed, of the dream of God for all humanity.
    May we all “study war no more”. Peace...
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    (12/3/2019 1:57:00 AM)

    Beautifully expressed, Smoky. A heart-felt sentiment.

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  • (11/30/2019 7:56:00 AM)

    Thanks, nice write, life is a gift from God, thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    (12/4/2019 2:06:00 AM)

    And such a great gift!

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  • (11/28/2019 9:22:00 AM)

    So many people have suffered so that the future could be bright. Thanks dear poet. (Report)Reply

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  • A B Faniki (11/24/2019 11:56:00 PM)

    A thoughtful piece laced with wisdom. Thanks for saring (Report)Reply

    (12/4/2019 3:31:00 AM)

    Very kind of you. Thank you.

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (11/21/2019 11:03:00 PM)

    Dear Poet Richard,
    What a lovely way of thanking God for all the gifts showered on mankind. We have to thank God everyday for the biggest gift - that is Life! Then, one by one, for all the wonderful organs like eyes, nose, ears, mouth etc. This is first and foremost principle of Reiki Healing, which you have so beautifully composed in this poem. Thanks for this gem.......10
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    (11/22/2019 3:34:00 AM)

    Geeta, thank you so much for your kind words and very positive response. And for your support and encouragement.

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  • (11/21/2019 12:25:00 PM)

    Excellent poem with great substance, nicely written.10/10 (Report)Reply

    (11/23/2019 8:34:00 AM)

    Mohammed, thank you so much for visiting. Greatly appreciate your very positive response.

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  • Steve Howard (11/20/2019 9:07:00 PM)

    You're very welcome Richard, and thank you. 😀 (Report)Reply

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  • (11/20/2019 3:25:00 AM)

    Father Kostas, the last time that I left a priest speechless was when I had gone to confession. I had to ask him if he was still there. (Report)Reply

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  • Steve Howard (11/19/2019 8:34:00 PM)

    A well crafted tribute Richard. Well done! ! (Report)Reply

    Steve Howard(11/20/2019 9:06:00 PM)

    You're very welcome Richard

    (11/20/2019 3:40:00 AM)

    Steve, thank you for visiting and for your positive response.

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  • Kostas Lagos (11/19/2019 3:11:00 PM)

    A poem that left me speechless! Excellent! (Report)Reply

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  • (11/19/2019 8:55:00 AM)

    The poem with philosophical ideas and asking to forget a wise counsel. (Report)Reply

    (11/24/2019 3:27:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Gangadharan.

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  • (11/19/2019 6:12:00 AM)

    A beautifully worded tribute to those who paid the ultimate price so that future generations could live without fear. (Report)Reply

    (11/24/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    Your very positive response is greatly appreciated, Brian.

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  • Haruna Garba (11/19/2019 3:00:00 AM)

    Quite appealing.
    Thank you for sharing.
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    (12/4/2019 3:33:00 AM)

    You're welcome, Haruna. Thank you for visiting.

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  • Leila Samarrai Green (11/18/2019 3:41:00 AM)

    I love your poem - keep up the beautiful work - keep everything up and write your heart out. (Report)Reply

    (11/19/2019 2:44:00 AM)

    Leila, thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

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  • Dave Lessard (11/17/2019 10:19:00 PM)

    Nice write and haunting memories of sacrifices made to improve world conditions. (Report)Reply

    (11/18/2019 2:32:00 AM)

    Dave, thx for your positive and well worded response.

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  • (11/16/2019 5:08:00 PM)

    Sweet poem to remind people of others sacrifices although it feels more like a prayer than a poem. (Report)Reply

    (11/18/2019 2:47:00 AM)

    In many respects, it is a prayer poem. Ruth, thank you so much for your acknowledgement.

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  • John Beaton (11/16/2019 3:41:00 PM)

    Lovely heartfelt poem of gratitude. I like the smooth way in which you wrap sight, hearing, voice, and life into a common format: lest we forget those who lost x, we act to commemorate your loss of x and give heartfelt thanks for this gift of x, It cuts to the crux of what Remembrance ceremonies are about. (Report)Reply

    (12/4/2019 3:36:00 AM)

    John, I really appreciate your positive, and constructive, criticism.

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  • Michael Mcparland (11/16/2019 2:03:00 PM)

    This is a very very nice and beautiful poem my friend. A great and touching tribute to those who gave anything and all for us. Excellent. (Report)Reply

    (12/4/2019 3:38:00 AM)

    I am humbled. Thank you, Michael.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, February 10, 2017


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