Poetry by Jeff Green



by cricketjeff on November 4, 2007.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

Just two minutes every year
To stand in silence, shed a tear
For those who fought so we live free
To those who died for you and me

It doesn’t matter where you are
Near to home or travelled far
Two short minutes aren’t a lot
For those blown up or drowned or shot

Some were bravest of the brave
All of them their future gave
They now have no more to give
So in their place we have to live

Author notes

At 11am on the 11th of November 1918 what was until then the most devastating conflict in history ended in an armistice. Since then much of the world has held two minutes silence on that day each year in remembrance of those who have died in uniform fighting for a better world. I choose to mark this appropriately each year and invite anyone reading this poem to join me.