Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday

Coping with Grief
Silence in the crowd as the parade

flowed round the war memorial.

Autumn sunshine splashed the garden

with colour, glinted on trumpets.

Flag and wreath bearers took their places:

old soldiers, chests laden with medals,

councillors, cadets and guides.

I thought of my grandfather, killed

in the trenches of Northern France.

My mother evacuated children

from Coventry, only to see

them return before the bombs fell.

I thought of those children as I watched

two little boys lower a blue flag.
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