John Carter Brown


Poem For V.E. Day - Poem by John Carter Brown

Victory in Europe
Fifty years ago;
To some it doesn't mean a thing,
It happened long ago.

It's just a thing they talk about,
Those old men down the street;
Todays kids cannot understand,
They never felt the heat.

They never knew the torment,
The heartache, pain and death;
They've never seen a soldier
That's fighting for his breath.

The victory in Europe
Was certainly hard won
For who lost a brother,
A father or a son;

For men who gave the ultimate
Upon some foreign land;
A poppy for a head-stone
Now growing in the sand.

This victory in Europe
About which now I write,
It made me free,
I'm glad I didn't have to go and fight.

I'm thankful that those old men,
The ones still living yet
Keep talking of V.E. day,
And won't let us forget.

Written May 1995


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Someone asked me to write a poem about V.E. day - so I did.

Comments about Poem For V.E. Day by John Carter Brown

  • Patricia Newman (5/22/2015 5:50:00 AM)


    Thank you for your comments on my poems. Will you give me permission to use this poem in a segment of a concert a youth group, to which I am involved, is putting on? (Report) Reply

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  • Patricia Newman (5/20/2015 10:54:00 AM)


    Thank you for writing this poem, it is the only one I've found that both celebrates the 70th anniversary and explains the sacrifice made. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2012 1:50:00 PM)


    As one of those veterans I greatly appreciate this.Touchingly penned- moving and so
    true and ever so long ago.Would you read my poem Before The Next Bomb Falls
    Here is a 10
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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, August 17, 2012


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