Poppy Words

November 11, 2016

From 'Words & Music' for Remembrance on Sunday evening at 6.30:


It’s no longer just about remembering names.

Names are easy.

Names can be recited

even as there are so many of them.


This remembrance

is no longer about remembering names

but remembering the future,

the promised future,

that came packaged with a past labelled ‘never again’.


It was from a horror of war

that poppies grew

that names were remembered.

The red poppy,

lets name it,

is bloody horror,

and is worn to remind us:

never again


It is “a declaration of hope that war should never happen again”

yet the poppy often feels

like it sanitises war

makes it respectable

full of honour

and respect.


Yet the poppy is meant to say otherwise

to remind us

to remember

the inhumanity

the horror

the pain

and to say

in poppy red:

never again.

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