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"The Magical Poppy Field."

Updated on November 8, 2013

On a day of sun kissed shadows

eyes darkened

shrugging memories

almost a craving to obliterate

to stay away!!!

His heart once



a thousand pieces.

How he felt the coldness

seeped unfeelingly

slicing through his heart

his soul right through

into his being

his spirit.

On top of the chalk white hills

he felt

a stabbing corrosive pain;

so intense

so dark

slightly muffled in a dense fog.

To peer into the darkness

oblivious to the sounds

of cries of pain;

the pains dripping,


with the ugliness




of war;

a nightmare

forever to recur.

Dead bodies left

raw to the the rage

of the wind ruffled waters.

To make out the silhouette

of a tumbledown barn.

From his viewpoint way up high above the shingle of Havens Bay

his mind once again filled with a stagnating stench


in morbid corrosion.

The sounds of the bombs of yesteryear

filling his being as if this were the present day.

Wrecked buildings

a damp


sick and vile

leaving his form in a sinister and bilious


The sirens

ripping through like a cold dagger

gleaming with a hardened evil.


rising like a bile of hate

heavy boots of the enemy trampling

those relics;

of bodies;

of homes;

of schools;

of estates

built through man's

honest sweat and hard toil;

the hard work

of generations so proud

now crumpled into pathetic heaps..

Each brick once claimed so proudly.


Furtive glances

laying foundations

for an icy shuddering

through this moment in time.


apprehensive heartbeats

as loud

as foreboding

as the Devil's drum.


Feeling a chilling


he almost recoiled ;

curling away

in disgust

of the knotted feelings

of a

complex harsh spider's web;

seemingly fragile

but deliberately sprinkled

him with evil strokes;


the peppered

burning sensation

of heart-breaking scenes.

Those enemy boats which

once advanced the shores;

slicing through our boys

our men

in gruesome ugliness.

Cries of terror

from boys so young

of fathers

of brothers

of kin.

Leaving families to grieve

forever to feel

such intense pain.


The reeds now brushing

against his soul;

his pain now



once again releasing


the sound of little feet

advance !!!

Oh how he loved his little Alfie

his grandson so dearly.

"Oh Grampy I knew you'd be here ; please tell me a story of magic days !"

"Your stories Grampy always end 'Happy Ever After'."

He lifted and held

little Alfie so close to him

before setting him down on his lap;

and then Grampy the story teller

rises above those acute pains ,

those grim memories

those vivid images

of war

of death

of pain

to now see

the beauty

that surrounds him;

his home

a haven

a paradise

filled with a

beautiful charm.

A land so green

leaves a

magical golden and red hue;

sweet scented flowers in sweet array

birds a-singing

and the sun eternally shining

on the red poppies of the land.

The bleakness

lifted further as

his dark memories are accepted

intermittent pain he expected

and the surrounding beauty

he eternally appreciated.

Grampy and Alfie walk hand in hand to the field brimming

over with such beautiful red flowers.

"Today Alfie I shall tell you the story of

'The Magical Poppy Field'."


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    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Lisa and enjoy your day.


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      Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 

      6 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Deep, wonderful....sharing and voting up!!!

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Deb your words so appreciated.


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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great work, Eddy. You have a talent for capturing both reality and fantasy in strong ways. It is difficult to do both eel, but you should be pleased with your own tempo.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Rasma and here's to wishing you my hubs is a wonderful day.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and awesome This is a fantastic reminder of all that is important I absolutely have always loved that song. Incredible Eddy. Passing this on.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much as always Writer Fox. Enjoy your day.


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      Writer Fox 

      6 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is an insightful collection for Remembrance Day. The imagery is excellent. Enjoyed and voted up.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Pamela.


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't know of anyone who has gone through was and not had some bad memories, but then here is one of the pleasures in life. The life of a grandchild is precious. This is a lovely poem.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales











      Thank you for each and every comment and my thoughts were with all who had suffered in any way due to the cruelty of wars. Here's wishing you all a wonderful day and lots of love from my little corner of Wales.


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      Robert A. Joseph 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, from my family and me.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a powerful poem and a great reminder of the horrors and sadness of war, Eddy. Well done!

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      DJ Anderson 

      6 years ago

      I could see the sights and hear the sounds and echoes of young men's screams.

      Written like you were there fighting right beside those brave warriors.

      Eddy, you captures the ugliness of war and how its' effects linger on long

      after the war is over.

      This is a stunning piece of work. Congratulations!


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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      This is a remarkable piece of writing, Eddie, sensitive, powerful, awesome, and inventive - all rolled up into one. Thank you for this treat.

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      6 years ago

      You really have amazing talent. Your words are so powerful! Awesome.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      wow very descriptive.. enjoyed reading this hub Eddy :)

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      6 years ago

      Wow, what a beautiful well written poem.

      Much talent seen here. Love the title



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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Dear Eddy, the power of innocence and the love of a child can be so awesome as to dull pain and memories of horror. And you my friend have shown this so well in this amazing piece.

      Have a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful day, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Eddy, this is some of the best poetry I have ever read. It pings the full gambit of emotion and introspection in stunning form. It will stay with me for some time.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I voted this one all but funny. You have captured the soul of a soldier, one who has gone on with his life from wife, to children, to grandchildren, yet...he never forgets.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you s much sweethearts2 and your comment greatly appreciated. Here's wishing you a god weekend.


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      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Love inspires the stories we tell and what a great story this work delivers. A past remembered and the hope of the future created in the magic of a story.

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Hi whonunuwho thank you so very much for your kind words and I stress that this comment is so greatly appreciated.

      Take care.


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      6 years ago from United States

      So much heartfelt sensitivity in this work. Well done my friend, well done. whonu

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales
















      Reading these wonderful comemnts has touched me immensely and cannot use words to let you all know just how much.

      I was inspired to compose this poem after visiting a dear friend who is very poorly in hospital.

      He served in the forces for many years and has seen much therefore like thousands the world over this Sunday will be so very difficult. How many of us truly understand the anguish and just how much these brave soldiers sacrificed for others yesteryear ,today and all our tomorrows too. I am so glad that many of you found a little solace through my words and my heart goes out to all those who are grieving and remembering such pain also.

      I wish you all peace and serenity. Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.


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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      "The Magical Poppy Field." A wonderfully presented hub and so much to think about here you always create such interesting hubs with lots to learn about and the with many emotions

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      Robert A. Joseph 

      6 years ago

      Superb build-up, nice transition and warm, thematic ending; well-done and clearly drawn. Kudos. My Dad was involved in multiple beach offensives in WWII, so familiar, too were those ubiquitous landing craft photos; btw, that appeared to be Normandy, but no bets. Thanks again.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I hope you know me feelings about this. So all I can say is thank you and bless you

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      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

      It's so important not to forget those terrible moments. Your words and the beautiful song touched me and made me thoughtful. Very emotional and thought-provoking hub. Whatever you write it's always inspiring!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So vividly penned. So beautiful! War is hell. Thank you Eddy, your words are heartfelt...

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      It's so good to read your amazing words! This is an incredible story/tribute to those who have fallen to keep others safe!

      Enjoy your memorial weekend.


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      Mel Carriere 

      6 years ago from San Diego California

      I think we all know someone consumed by these dark memories that are too painful to share. Very moving piece.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eddy this is so beautifully written. It's different from your usual poems, so evocative and thought-provoking. I hope you do more like this soon.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      God Bless All The Storytellers. Incredible Eddy, you are moving in the right directions. Keep up the good work. Jamie

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Eddy - I’m sitting here with goosebumps. That song and that rendition of it is so very precious to me! As a young girl when all that war horror was in progress, I was sensitive to all the messages of hope and also of the challenge our young men and women were facing in The War. Knowing there were other little boys and girls over the world affected by it was something which keenly affected my awareness. I might have even realized that youngsters in the ‘enemy’ side also had hopes of a good outcome and fear of a not-good one as I did.

      Your poetic portrayal of the scenes involved really touches my heart. It’s almost as if your vision has been given a perspective of a serviceman in the midst of it.

      My brother and both brothers-in-law were in the battle areas, both in the South Pacific and Europe. Of course I didn’t know my George then, but he was in the thick of it in the South Pacific, too. The one illustration of the ships landing on a war-torn beach look so much like picture sod my George’s LST, among dozens of others, landing on IWO JIMA in early 1945, it’s almost spooky, though I imagine your photo shows a European landing. Such was the almost universal intensity and devastation of the huge World War in progress, leaving no corner of the Earth uninvolved.

      The Grampy in your verse about him and little Alfie, - so poignant. Grampy, remembering the Poppy Fields in their glory, rather than their inglory on a fateful day of battle. We can also remember the glory and beauty.

      Well done! Voting up and all across where it applies - all but ‘funny’ do apply.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Eddy this is absolutely stunning and beautiful. One of the most beautiful tributes I ever seen to soldiers of war. I had tears in my eyes reading this. I love the hauntingly beautiful song, "The White Cliffs of Dover". I'll never forget the first time I saw them when traving to London. They are breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you for this lovely piece just in time for Veteren's Day. Poppie Fields-just a wonderful ending.

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      You have covered a lot of emotional territory here Eiddwen, and you've covered it very well. Thank you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Eddy, you never fails to touch us with your poems, these are no exception. Beautiful and very emotive.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The beauty seems to heal all ugly. How many times my grandpa must have had such thoughts before telling me a story.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      At times bleak; at times beautiful; at times melancholy; at times sad; all times wonderfully written.



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      6 years ago from Wales

      You are so welcome Joelle and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Your comment as always so greatly appreciated sallybea and here's wishing you a wonderful day too.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Ann and glad you enjoyed this poem. Here's wishing you a wonderful day too.


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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It's so important to not forget those terrible moments and your words remind us why its so important! Both my grandfathers were in the war and one of them was in a work camp.

      Beautiful choice of music! It brings back memories for me as Vera Lynn was one of the favorite singers of my mother in law :-)

      Thank you for sharing your poetry about the pain that war brings to everyone, Eddy!

      Enjoy your weekend with your love ones!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      6 years ago from Norfolk

      Definitely a good time to remember our Brave men. I do think that children should be made aware of the sacrifice which was made for us in order that we may live. The more they know - perhaps the less likely scenes like this will be repeated. Nice one Eddy and thank you for sharing your thoughts in words. Have a lovely week-end.

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      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      It's good to remember but good to keep the horror away from little children. Poppies are beautiful; I love seeing them like a red blanket in the fields - there are often many on the Wiltshire downs. Lovely poem. Ann

    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Your words Kim mean more than I can say. Here's wishing you a wonderful day and lots of love from Wales.


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      6 years ago from Wales

      You are welcome Janine and here's sending lots of love to you and your family.


    • Eiddwen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Wales

      Your comment Jodah as always appreciated. Have a great day.


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      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Shauna and here's wishing you a great da y !


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      6 years ago from North Carolina


      Simply amazing. I listened to your musical selection as I read your epic work. V+/share. You touch the reader on so many levels in so many ways.

      Many Blessings,


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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      I love how you played with a range of emotion here and still ended on a Happily Ever After note. Perfect and thank you as always Eddy. Now wining you a great day ahead!

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Eddy, so graphic, yet at the same time so beautiful. this poem captured all the horror of war, but ended "Happy Ever After'" with Grampy telling Alfie about the poppy fields.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      From death and destruction to the glorious life Mother Nature bestows on this earth. The memories of war never leave those who have lived it, but hopefully, they move on and embrace all that is beautiful in life. The innocence of children can work miracles in healing wounded hearts.

      Beautiful poetry, Eddy!


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