Stone – Remembrance Day (2003)

Remembrance Day (2003)

The children squat
on the school gym floor.
Some dressed in red
resemble poppies.
No crosses here,
just high hopes and spirits.
Parents take pictures;
teachers cue and caution;
“Flanders Fields” is read;
a few songs are sung;
the bagpipes sound;
a bugler plays “Taps”;
then a moment of silence
to remember the dead
from past and present wars.
The children rise,
resume their chatter
and return to their classes.
Above it all the principal
directs the traffic
while the planets circle
in a drift of stars.

 

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