Faith, Love and Compassion
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Posts Tagged ‘poems’

National Poetry Day

Today I was invited on to Mark Murphy’s show on BBC Radio Suffolk to talk about my poetry, as part of their celebrations for National Poetry Day. I chatted to Mark about my books and read a recent poem, After The Stars Comes Morning, which is dedicated to my friends, the badgers, who continue to face an awful fate.

You can read the whole poem in this earlier post, and you can listen to today’s interview below:

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11th of the 11th

My small tribute in a poem to the many lost in countless wars. Inspired as I watched a remembrance service a few years ago and studied the face of one elderly gentleman who silently stared into the distance………….

Old soldier’s tears silently fall
His suffering we must never ignore
He carries deep scars of atrocities past
Of, sadly, a sometimes forgotten war.

His hands now gnarled, misshapen
Decades past since he held a gun
Or tenderly cradled a dying friend
In foul trenches that saw no sun.

So memories go down amidst poppies
Painfully laid by statue of stone
Where torn apart families remember
Their loved ones who never came home.

Shiny medals glint in the sunshine
Dignified silence of unspoken word
And thoughts of young soldiers still dying
As this world’s battle cries are still heard.

His hope that prayers will be answered
For a day when conflict will cease
Then we will honour the dead by our striving
For a legacy from their loss to be peace.