Sunday, 13 November 2016


I am the fallen.

Fallen, I became the earth
below this Flanders Field
where once battled raged
now a blaze
of wondrous poppies grow.

I am the fallen.

Two minutes is all I ask of you,
two minutes to remember me. 
Stay silent then,
rid your mind of cluttered thoughts,
turn off your phone,
stay silent then,
remember me.

I am the fallen,
please remember me.


War and strife continue to rage across this world of ours and soldiers and civilians continue to fall day after day after day. 

Lest we forget - many of us do, many of us have.  We seem unable to learn…

Shared with the good folk at Poets United.

Image:  Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


Anonymous said...

Turn off your phone...that struck me truly. Consumed by the endless barrage of voices that reach us though phones we are unable to turn off, we might have stopped hearing our own.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Beautifully poignant write ❤️

Mary said...

So very true. We do owe that two minutes of silence to our vets....those who have given THEIR lives for us, or were WILLING to anyway by serving.

(Thanks for your detailed comment on my site. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to make it.)

brudberg said...

Such a reason to ponder past and those that were led to be slaughtered... and especially these days when we are standing on the edge to disaster

Susan said...

I took a pause at 11:11 on 11/11/2016. I wish I had had your words in front of me--though in a way I did and find them captured faithfully here. Thank you. And thank you for your comment on my poem.

SuyashJ said...

Nicely Written. ... ironically, I read it on my phone

Sherry Blue Sky said...

War is the worst idea humankind ever had. A beautiful poem.

R.K. Garon said...


kaykuala said...

The fallen are not forgotten but what a sacrifice, and at what cost,unnecessary in many instances!


Old Egg said...

What a wonderful poem for Remembrance day.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Remember them we must. We forget them at our peril.

Jenny Woolf said...

Yes, we remember them.

ADDY said...

I do think an awful lot of people do not take Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday seriously, if at all. So sad to think of people who gave their Today for our Tomorrow and it is often not appreciated, as it should be.

Julian said...

Hi Anna, such a meaningful thought evoking poem of which I found most pleasure in reading although touching the heart in remembrance of others. And Kind regards to you too.

signed...bkm said...

Let us never forget the lessons ours gave their lives for ...bkm

dsnake1 said...

i am sorry i forgot to observe a minute's silence on Armistice Day. too caught up in the day's mundane affairs of emails and phone calls. yes, i should have made an effort to switch off that phone that day. :(
But many lives still continued to be lost after that Great War. with another great war, civil wars, korea, nam, afghanistan, iraq...