I was not there.
I did not see the blood and gore
Or know the terror
Of a war.
I did not grieve
When friends were lost
Or mourn the maimed
Or human cost.
I did not fight
Nor lose my sons
To mustard gas
Or tommy guns.
I did not scream,
I did not bleed,
I did not die
In bitter need.
I was not born,
I heard their hell
In silent words
They would not tell.
I was not there
I could forget
The sacrifice they made
And yet…
That I am here,
That I am free,
And not deny
My ancestry
That I can choose
Forget…or care…
The gift is theirs,
For they were there.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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31 Responses to Remembered

  1. Bernadette says:

    Wonderful celebration of their sacrifices.


  2. I love your poem Sue. It speaks volumes for those of us that are the receivers of this thing we call freedom, it was not a given, and your post reminds us of that. Thank you for sharing.


  3. That’s a beautiful commemoration.


  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Thank you Sue, for saying what I wanted to, but didn’t have the words…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Owl Lady says:

    This was so beautiful, Sue! Thank you for putting into words what we feel! Love to you and Ani! @v@ ❤


  6. A very heartfelt poem, Sue. Thanks for sharing.


  7. willowdot21 says:

    We owe them do much!


  8. Beautiful. Thank you!


  9. This certainly speaks for so many of us, Sue. Thank you xx


  10. Jennie says:

    Thank you for these beautiful words!


  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Fine poem of remembrance, Sue.


  12. Wow. Words with emotion. ❤ ❤ ❤


  13. Widdershins says:

    ** blinks through the tears** … bloody brilliant! 😀


  14. noelleg44 says:

    Poignant and moving, Sue. And the perfect poppy.


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