On Remembrance day 1961

It is not so much that we remember them

Or stand in church and sing and think and pray

Our eyes cast down.  But rather it is they

Who speak to us.  Even the scarlet emblem

Is ours alone.  A light to guide our way,

Not to bring them sympathy or sadness –

They have no use of these.  Gladness,

Victory and life was theirs.  Dying, they say –

Life is in you.  Go and live.  Not sinless,

Not without sickness, suffering, bitter tears.

Bring to life the desire to live.   Be heedless

Of death’s sweet allure.  The years

Are too soon gone.  Therefore be tireless

In being glad.  In living without fears.

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