Blood red the fields of poppy.....

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Young sons you'll never know have asked
"what is this thing called war"
And we try to answer little minds
but find the words no more

And little girls just seem to know
taking no questions or chances
They go alone to the poppy fields and dance
much as an angel dances

Your brother watches in long glassy stares
among the graves of heroes
And mother softly touches the folded clothes
in closets and unused burrows

Father stands at the window thinking
the promises he has broken
And dangling in his other hand
a poppy as a token

And I still believe that the red poppy comes
from the blood of your falling
And while one after another field like flanders field
another war comes calling

Soon there will be no place to lay
the soldiers ..... the fields have all been stolen
Maybe there will be no wars at all
and the poppy's will all turn golden







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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

WAR is sure a hell of a thing, leave many people with broken hearts especially world war II which was started by that cruel beast called Adolf Hitler. Hope he's paying for his wicked deeds.............

So many millions lost their lives fighting a war for a man who couldn't fight, but chose to run from the nightmare he started and end his life.

Very sad but thanks for sharing.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" is often cited as a haunting, beautiful anti-war poem. It is indeed haunting and it is beautiful-- except it reveals itself as pro-war when, in the last stanza, it exhorts the survivors to carry on and avenge their deaths and carry "the torch". I like yours better.


cleaner3 4 years ago

very nice.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great one ahorseback! My mother, who knew many toung men lost to WW I used to recite "In Flanders Fields," and was lost in memory of that time. She was about 17 when that war started, so many young men went off to join the conflict.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi LadyFiddler , Yes WWII was a truely tragic time for all ! Hitler was a beast , and joins a few others Stalin , Lenin , and even a few more to come from today . I am glad you found this interesting and I'm also glad that you are interested in our history ! Thank you !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Now there is an ultimate compliment ! Unnamed Harald ! Thank you , It is a huge part of our history that I find too overwhelming to understand . My God ! The waste ! Of lives , treasures , boys even . The saddest part of all I fear is that we cannot trust our leaders to only "engage " in a moraly legitimate cause . Sudan , Ethiopia , where next and why ! Thank you sir !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Thank you cleaner my man ! I couldn't write without the comments i recieve !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Extatic ,The people of that era , the soldiers and the families waiting at home suffered tremendously ! Our appreciation of thier memory is so important !.......Thank you sir.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Touche' ahorse. Very fine. Isn't it something, when i saw poppies in the title the blood fields of WWI came to mind but i'm not sure why. This poems an up n awe.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very inspirational and beautiful, such a waste.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Beautiful and haunting. I would love to see the golden poppies. Voted Up and Shared


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is a haunting write! Your use of the red poppy is an excellent metaphor---have to share this very powerful write!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Haunting to the extent that t touches the soul.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

This is so beautiful and you say it so wonderfully. Sure wish to see with time all those red poppies turn to gold. Passing this on.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Heartbreaking, beautiful and very touching.

I always purchase the poppies from our vets. Now they will take on even more meaning.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

I detest war - and the men who instigate it! WWII has always interested me - the defining horror of it...the psychology of the human beast..

It absolutely blows me away - the depths of depravity humans can sink to..seems we're always thinking up new and innovative ways to hurt, maim, and kill each other!

i often feel that i don't belong in this world - i do not think this way - i do not understand..

Your words leave me with chills, regret...and shame..

xx


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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

War... the cruelty towards the innocents by the power greedy leaders.

Very beautifully depicting the concept of war. voted beautiful

Have a nice day ahead...:)


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

touching...I too would love to see the poppys turn golden


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Alastar ,WWi , WWII on and on they go ! Thhank you for stopping by !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Always , ........Poppies , once I watched an old man veteran smile while I bought them and thought , Oh my God I wish I had a million dollars !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Hi Ardie , Wouldn't that be something ! Thank you sweety !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Audrey , I'm sure others have used this , when I think of poppies its always of the men who share them at the veterans stands when we donate ". And in fields of poppies " of course !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Qudisia , Thank you for that ! What more could I ask !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Thank you Gypsy , for such kindness !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Beckie , Me too sweety me too ! They are such beautiful people . .....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

ImKarn , first , You belong here with us but I understand how you feel , IM, I used to sit and listen to my father talk of war and observe through his words the cruelty of man . Now , I think my Father wanted his boys to all know the reality of war that so devastated him !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Life Iz, Hello ! I agree 100% , These power mongers are truely bastards ! They make a truely thinking person angry. ...........Be well !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

April , I fear there is only one way for that ! For people like you and I too spread the word ! As YOU do so very well !


Daddy's girl 3 years ago

Dad I am in tears!! I have to read sparingly as I have a tender heart but this touches my soul!!!


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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Hi sweety pie , I love you so much and you know that ! Dad

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