The Poppy. I am not a badge of honour.

I am not a badge of honour,
I am not a racist smear,
I am not a fashion statement,
To be worn but once a year,
I am not glorification
Of conflict or of war.
I am not a paper ornament
A token,
I am more.

I am a loving memory,
Of a father or a son,
A permanent reminder
Of each and every one.

I'm paper or enamel
I'm old or shining new,
I'm a way of saying thank you,
To every one of you.

I am a simple poppy
A Reminder to you all,
That courage faith and honour,
Will stand where heroes fall.

Paul Hunter 2014

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  1. tania

    Thank you shadow….a lovely poem for those who gave their lives for us. I just bought a lovely cross to wear with the poppy in the center as I buy lots of poppies every year.

    1. shadow Post author

      I hope people will heed the poem Gael, Some will, some wont that’s life i quess. Thank you for your comment. 🙂