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 writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. 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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