Remembrance day Nijuin Renga


Time to remember,
salute those who went before –
vain sacrifice.

Heroism personified
achieved nothing in the end,

yet their names are still
remembered; grateful strangers
honour those long dead.

Freedom has its fee: men and
women fall in foreign dirt.

Time to make a stand:
arms aslope in attentioned lines,
receive the fallen. 

Our gratitude is not misplaced:
honour them for what they did.

Shun those who say their
noble deaths are wasteful: each
loss buys our freedom.

Each sacrifice is a gift.
Democracy demands it.

Shun trigger-happy
warmongers, and voracious
business interests

whose greed sends other young men
to do their fighting for them.

Weep for those people
whose dearth of oil makes ‘rescue’
unnecessary –

for every Iraq there is
a Zimbabwe, a Tibet.

Days of long ago
saw brutal ethnic cleansing
in the colonies

to usurp lands, steal assets
with ne’er a twinge of conscience.

Days not long ago
saw brutal ethnic cleansing
by civilised men,

to usurp jobs and assets;
make the economy grow.

Refuse to hear those
politicians’ weasel words
to justify war.

Churchill said ‘jaw jaw not war’
and history proves him right.

Each war is a cheap
Armageddon. Remember
this, if nothing else:

Death wipes his scythe, and smiles: he
knows – men will always kill men.

Linked to

A 20-stanza collaborative Renga started 11.11.11, written
by Linda Cosgriff aka The Laughing Housewife and , and Vivinfrance, aka Vivienne Blake 



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4 Responses to Remembrance day Nijuin Renga

  1. Tilly Bud says:

    Viv, this must be the best poem you’ve ever written – magnificent!


    Seriously, I really did enjoy our collaboration. Great fun 🙂


  2. rumpydog says:

    So you are the friend Tilly visited! I like the poem and I loved hearing about you thru Tilly.


  3. Victoria says:

    It seems like we have never been without war in our lifetime. And my guess is, we won’t see the end of it, either. Nicely done poem for Remembrance Day.


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