River of Blood

Posted on November 9, 2014

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The Tower of London remembers the fallen with 888,246 poppies Picture courtesy of London Evening Standard/Rex

The Tower of London remembers the fallen with 888,246 poppies
Picture courtesy of London Evening Standard/Rex
Created by Paul Cummins Twitter: @TowerPoppies


A river of red
runs thick
from the ancient walls
Where many ghosts
still haunt
from darker times

And now the mote
flows crimson in memory
of those that fell
in a changing world
Fighting in a
foreign land

In Ypres, in the Somme
in Passchendaele’s
muddy fields they
fought
Most fighting in
the unknown

Brothers, sons,
children all
They lived in a hell
created by man
in the reaper’s
playground

Some died alone
crying for home
Wanting to be
with those they
loved
Far way from their hell

But only bullets,
bombs and bloodied
mess they have
for company
Along with rats
and the dead

Their ‘enemy’ just
the same as they
Bleeding the same
Dying the same
All wanted their
nightmare’s to end

War Graves Ypres  Picture courtesy of www.red-grey.co.uk

War Graves Ypres
Picture courtesy of http://www.red-grey.co.uk


So we remember them
all today
With only our
imaginations and
writings left
behind from them

For they have
passed into the light
burned into our souls
and hearts
For their sacrifice
cannot be forgot

Must never be forgot…

*Below are various charitable organizations who would appreciate any help you can give them or one’s closer to you if not in the UK.

Confederation of Service Charities
Coming Home Campaign
Combat Stress
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Help for Heroes
SSAFA

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