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A White Poppy

by Mike Singleton - Mikeydred 17 days ago in slam poetry / sad poetry / performance poetry ยท updated 17 days ago
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For All Those We Have Lost To War

I am not sure what made me write this, It came to me as I was out walking. I have missed Remembrance Sunday but it seems the world is constantly at war. Imagine what could be done if the resources ploughed into destruction were put into building and eradicating hunger and poverty.

The Red Poppy can be seen as justifying bloodshed, the White Poppy is to signify that we should not fight, a symbol of Remembrance and Peace.


Shoulder To Shoulder and Side By Side

This is The Way That These Brave Men Died

They Would Walk Down The Paths Of Glory

In Truth Twas A Different Story


Politicians Drink Wine In Safety

Generals Behind Desks Taking Tea

Bankers, Their War Stock Making Money

All Are Smiling, They Find This Funny


Bombs And Bullets And Bayonets Kill

Gas And Bio Weapons Used Until

Financial Institutions Want More

And Say Time To Start Another War


Wear The White Poppy Support The Men

Let's All Stand Firm And Make These Wars End


This film is a superb story of injustice and I borrowed the title for a line in my poem. If you haven't seen it you must watch it.

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  • Lisa Pearlman6 days ago

    Love this Mikey! I just joined Vocal after reading your story on Facebook. We are friends on FB. I would love if you could give me some tips for Vocal & read my stories. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œLove & Light

  • This was so emotional!

  • So grateful. Thank you for this reminder

  • Cathy holmes16 days ago

    Very nice

  • Dawn Salois17 days ago

    This is beautiful, Mike! Very thought-provoking, too. The image is also beautiful.

  • Angel Whelan17 days ago

    I especially love the first lines of each stanza. Powerful imagery Mike!

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