Poem: ‘Echoes of Remembrance – 11th November, 2018.’ Yvonne Howard-Bunt

‘Echoes of Remembrance – 11th November, 2018’
Marking the Centenary of the Armistice agreement

by
Yvonne Howard-Bunt

 

Photo by Anthony, pixels.com

As the seasons come and go, 
Tidal waves of emotion ebb and flow.
And from dawn to dusk we weather the storm,
Remembrance Sunday, spirit reborn.
Reasoning realities, whatever one’s take,
Nations mourn their dead, some question the stake.
Civil rights, liberties, conscription, dissent,
politics, nationalism, conscientiousness, intent. 
Red poppy, white poppy, or no poppy at all,
A truth in common is loved ones did fall.

And in 2018, 100 years down the track,
Consider your allies, be they brown, white, or black.
The footprint of your neighbour is entwined within your life,
 And of the many who passed before us 
in struggle and in strife.
We are all kindred spirits in the quest for life’s chance,
Let’s share a common future, partake in the dance.
There’s competition for resources, of a diverse complex strand,
Austerity is cold to touch and no one’s in command.
Let’s build a bridge for everyone and positively embrace,
Peace for humanity, within God’s given grace.

Yvonne Howard-Bunt © Copyright 2018