A few months ago I submitted a poem, ‘Glimmer of Light’, to a competition linked with the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1.
My poem was not shortlisted for public vote. I didn’t really expect to be successful with this as it was the first poem I’d written on demand, all previous poetry had just flowed from some mysterious place within, and history and war isn’t really my area of expertise. But I did put a lot of work into writing it and was quite pleased with my entry, so I now share it with you.
Glimmer of Light
A cold winter brings unwelcome reminders
as snow falls and covers the landscape
like clouds of ash from enemy bombs
the memories linger on through time
Bombers overhead like falcons in search of prey
snow and rain give a welcome reprieve
with enemy planes grounded tonight
we know our families will sleep safe
As the sound of gun fire echoes in frosty air
heartbeats quicken, in perfect synchronicity
with tanks rumbling and shells exploding
remember the trenches, the smell, the fear?
As dark days give way to glimmers of light
we stand strong in conflict, determined
as those before us, we stand for justice
we fight for peace, we strive for a better future
One hundred years past, their legacy endures
as clouds give way to clear blue skies
our free nation indebted forever
will always remember and honour
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