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Poems For Remembrance Day: Where The Scarlet River Flows

Updated on February 8, 2017
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

Old Comrades remembered

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A Poem: Where The Scarlet River Flow

She wandered through a scarlet flood

Lost in the sanguine holocaust

Souls of heroes lay at her feet

Who could have reckoned the cost?

Remembrance is bittersweet

Boundless dreams have crumbled to dust,

In a river of lost tomorrows.

Chiselled on her granite face

Pride mingles with regret

Her head bowed low in uttered prayer

At the eleventh hour of sorrow

For our today, they gave their all

So the nation mourns for what is lost

And words are simply not enough

To assuage the surge of sorrow

On this cold November day

In vigil of remembrance

A debt of gratitude to pay

Those who fell, and all veterans


© J. Alexis-Hagues November 2014

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Lest we Forget

Where The Poppies Grows

Yesterday brothers

Fighting for elusive dream-

Fields of poppies grow

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A field of red

Peaceful the slumber

Where blood red Papavers bloom

Flanders Sunset Glow

Johnson Beharry a British soldier from Grenada Who won the ultimate commendation, The Victoria Cross

In the Valley of the shadows

A humble soldier

Once more Into the valley,

Valour shining through

Too many too soon

Cut before the flowers bloom

We will remember

© J. Alexis-Hagues

Tell Me Why The Good Die Young

When death mars the land

On shaky ground, we stand

When lies taint our leader's tongue

Why do the good die young


When hypocrisy and greed

Always seem to succeed

When ennui rains on everyone

Why do the good die young


Nefarious deeds reap reward

And love is just a silly word

Fortune comes from doing wrong

Tell me why the good dies young


In times of tribulation

Evil thrives with jubilation

The best songs are yet to be sung

So tell me why the good dies young


When life becomes a pointless game

In search of fifteen minutes fame

We shame the land from which we sprung

Oh tell me why the good dies young


They sleep within their box of pine

Supernovas no longer shine

As final breath escapes the lung

Please; tell me why the good dies young



We bring them home with pomp and pride

Dazed parents walking side by side

The old should not outlive the young

Please stop the good from dying young

© J. Alexis-Hagues November 2014

British Soldier

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2 Para Falklands War 1982

They fought for Queen and Country, They Fought for their Comrades

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A Short Excerpt From A Poem That Is Synonymous With Remembrance Day, "The Fallen"

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

(Robert Laurence Binyon 1849 - 1943) Published in the Times on September 21st, 1914.

At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Will Remember

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War; A necessary Evil

When we no longer enslave our brothers

When nations learn to live together

When different worlds embrace each other

And we can truly love our neighbours

We'll understand that love is power

And no more will we engender war.

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© 2012 Jo Alexis-Hagues

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Jamie, thank you for taking the time, this means a lot. I hope all is well with you and the family, please give the my best.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      What an amazing tribute, filled with incredible poetry. Good Job Jo, very well written and presented. Jamie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, I'll take it however you wrap it up. :) Thank you my friend, much appreciated and my very best to you.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      simply this I loved it!!! What the hell was that comment? I don't know what I said... maybe I meant simply amazlng

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Chris, it's really lovely to see you... thanks for taking a look at this, in retrospect, I should have published the new poems individually but I wanted a remembrance day page where I can add something new every year. Unfortunately, most of my friends here did not get to see it, next time I'll hit the HP share button. Thanks again, have a great day and my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Ann, thank you so much for taking the time, much appreciated. I hope you already know how much your opinion is valued. Remembrance week is always a sad time, but also a time to reflect. Glad you like the poem, have a wonderful day, my best always.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      I'm with Bill on this one. How, oh how did I not see this before now?

      Brilliant work Jo.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Jo, this is amazing. I especially loved the poem about the good dying young; you make some poignant comments in that.

      Your illustrations are beautiful and you've picked some great quotes and poems to go with yours. Beautifully put together and beautifully written.

      Voted up and everything but funny, and shared.

      Ann

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, the sight of those poppies around the Tower of London really captured the imagination. An arrangement of 888,246 porcelain poppies, one for every British and Commonwealth soldier killed during WWl. The initial hub consisted of one haiku poem, I decided to add a few more poems for remembrance day. Thank you so much for taking a look, it means a lot. Enjoy what's left of the weekend. I'll be heading off to work soon, but we'll meet at the Mailbag in the morning. :)

      My best always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Why have I not seen this before? My goodness this was beautiful...and sad....and powerful....and so needed today. Jo, I just love this...and the scene with the poppies....WOW!

      You did a superb job here my friend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Debbie I'm so glad you liked it. All my best to you, take care.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      what a beautiful picture and Haiku.. you really are good at this

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Shiningirisheyes, welcome, and thank you for the nice comment, very much appreciated. Top of the day to you.

      (too late for top of the morning:-)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Stunning Haiku. Your love of all things nature really comes through.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Vinaya, many thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      wonderfully done.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Voronwe, thank you, much appreciated.

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      A great haiku! Captures many thoughts instantly. Loved it!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Max, glad you liked it. Have a beautiful day.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Amazing thought! Clever, very impressive, love it!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Sue, many thanks, nice to see you.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Tobusiness

      Beautiful!!

      Take care :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Frank, very much appreciated, always good to see you.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      simply this I loved it!!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Faith, very much appreciated, hope you're having a wonderful day.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Truly beautiful Haiku!!! I love poppies too. Well done. In His Love, Faith Reaper