Lest We Forget Poem by Richard Wlodarski

Lest We Forget

Rating: 4.7


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

Monday, November 28, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: art,blind,death,evil,life,memory,mind,music,poetry,remembrance
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Sarah Mkhonza 13 November 2017

This is very powerful. It does get to the heart of the reader about the sacrifices that were made on our behalf. I felt guilt for not doing enough. There is also the powerful call imploring the reader to light a remembrance torch and keep it burning through poetry, song and dance. It calls for a carnival that honors those who went before us. I like it a lot.

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Richard Wlodarski 13 November 2017

Sarah, thank you so very much for your positive insightful comments. And let's keep that torch burning!

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Tom Allport 15 November 2017

a wonderful reminder poem of learning from our mistakes? ....................nicely penned Richard.

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Tamara Beryl Latham 20 May 2022

Richard, your poem is heart-wrenching and keeps a light on what horrors were done in darkness. My favorite lines were: 'Those who lost their taste for killing, So that we may all taste living.' Take care of yourself!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 11 May 2022

Tears falling For your silence Through our love Heart-felt tears For your dying....great expression. This is great poem.

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Bri Edwards 10 May 2022

I got a bit lost here. ;) bri My wife would wish I could not speak, except to say to her: 'Yes, dear. Whatever you say/want dear.'

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Roxanne Dubarry 16 April 2022

Least we forget to speak up for all of those who have no voice of their own because they have been silenced!

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Richard Wlodarski 16 April 2022

Precisely! Thank you for visiting, Roxanne.

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soren Barrett 10 April 2022

A wonderful work pairing what others have lost to give us for what we have. A beautiful composition in structure and wording. We all should be so grateful for others sacrifice. Well done with power and artistry

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Richard Wlodarski 10 April 2022

I greatly appeciate your very positive construcive criticism, soren!

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