Richard Wlodarski

Gold Star - 109,551 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

  • A B Faniki (1/7/2020 7:08:00 AM)

    Beautifuly crafted and touching. Well done. TYFS 10 (Report)Reply

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  • Soran M. H (1/2/2020 11:56:00 AM)

    This poem contains a very big humanity message, simple and nice, every one can make it their life guidance to reach the harmony with the others.. I would say brilliant 10+ from me, and thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Belle Wassermeister (1/1/2020 3:22:00 PM)

    Great poem, Richard. Thanks for inviting me to read it. Sorry I'm so slow in doing so, but I was recovering from surgery again. (Report)Reply

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  • Uche Nwanze (12/27/2019 5:12:00 PM)

    A masterpiece, stroke of genius from a master of the craft. (Report)Reply

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  • Martin Greyford (12/23/2019 7:41:00 AM)

    Beautiful piece of literature (Report)Reply

    (12/23/2019 2:09:00 PM)

    Thank you so much, Martin.

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  • (12/20/2019 6:04:00 PM)

    Such a beautiful penned poem. My dad, uncles, father-in law has all served. So I know the sacrifice that they have to make just for us to live the way that we do. Thank you for your words sir. (Report)Reply

    (12/23/2019 5:23:00 AM)

    Craig, my hat goes off to your relatives. If you feel so inclined, please forward the poem to them. Next year, I'll be doing something formal with it. Thank you for your kind response. All The Best In The New Year!

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  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (12/9/2019 7:40:00 AM)

    Through art we shed tears for your blindness.......brilliantly penned. (Report)Reply

    (12/10/2019 1:42:00 AM)

    I am humbled, Akham. Thank you so much!

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  • Glen Kappy (12/8/2019 7:20:00 AM)

    hey, richard! i got the email message you responded to my comment on this poem, so i looked for it. i had to scroll and scroll to find it! i wonder if the number of comments to it breaks some kind of record. be well! -glen (Report)Reply

    (12/9/2019 1:37:00 AM)

    I only wish, Glen! Take care. And thanks for your support and encouragement.

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  • Loppo Louie (12/6/2019 11:41:00 AM)

    Loved this gem of a poem.... (Report)Reply

    (12/8/2019 1:32:00 AM)

    Thank you so much, Loppo.

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  • (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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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, February 10, 2017


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