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Never Forget

Never Forget

Everyone looks back today,
Remembering such great loss,
Knowing how much is owed by so many,
To so very, very few.

But I find myself thinking,
Not of what I owe to many,
Just of what I owe to one,
What I owe to you.

You saved me before I knew it,
Before you went to war,
You saved me from a hard life,
Saved me from being poor.

I look back as an old woman,
To that distant love affair,
We were proposed to be married,
And were so on the outburst of war.

We consummated our marriage,
A few short hours after our vows,
And then you volunteered yourself,
To protect the country you love.

You left me a little later,
You went out to war,
Your training had been short,
But of the importance you were sure.

You were gone a long time,
Fearing a Dear John,
Through this I was grasping,
Tight to my wedding ring.

A few months had passed by,
And a bump was slowly forming,
A letter sent to you,
Your reaction was astounding.

"My love, I am so happy,
To hear of our impending child,
I cannot wait to meet them,
And hold them in my arm."

Each and every night I worried,
I feared the utmost worst,
The pain I was expecting,
How much was your life worth?

The child was born to me,
And soon you returned home,
You saw your son and said to me,
His eyes looked just like mine.

When you went back out there,
To protect your new-born son,
Your bravery and gallantry,
You saved much more than one.

The one you didn't save though,
The one you didn't save,
Has left me torn and broken,
And kneeling at your grave.

Your medals were sent to me,
Your son didn't even cry,
Even the young boy,
Sensed the silence in the air.

I remember your gentle touch,
Your whispers in my ear,
Your kisses on my neck,
And your voice lives in my head.

I tremble as I remember,
You swept me off my feet,
I knew there would be no one,
To sit there in your seat.

I didn't mourn forever,
I just simply didn't want,
Another man to have me,
When with only you was I complete.

The air is torn now as I stand here,
Outside the Minster in the cold air,
The sky is blue and clear now,
As it was when I lost you.

The guns that start the silence,
Your son stands by my side,
Upon his chest he wears,
Your medals with great pride.

He only met you briefly,
But he honours and treasures,
His life was brought by you,
His hero and his pride.

He found himself wishing,
You could have seen his bride,
But knows you are watching,
And being his guiding light.

Your image never left me,
The scent that your body bore,
Still lingers unforgotten,
Every day I miss you more.

Lest we forget the fallen,
We forget our heritage,
But your leaving brought our future,
I will Never Forget.
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Posted 17 Apr 2014 05:53
A loving touching poem. You brought tears to my eyes.
Posted 23 Mar 2014 19:44
Such beautiful raw emotions..
Posted 31 Jan 2014 02:18
Posted 03 Jan 2014 08:03
I think this is good but would change the last 2 lines in the first verse.
Posted 18 Dec 2013 08:31
Meaningful, written with love and pride. Sentimental and beautiful.
Posted 17 Dec 2013 17:20
Posted 13 Dec 2013 10:46
Very touching. I loved the sense of serenity despite the tragedy.
Posted 13 Dec 2013 02:59
very very beautiful and emotional
Posted 26 Nov 2013 05:12
Amazing poem. I can easily say it's the best poem I've read on here! Great job
Posted 19 Nov 2013 07:44
Kasumi said it was good...she was right!
Posted 18 Nov 2013 05:32
oh turtle....beautiful beyond words...i only have tears
Posted 17 Nov 2013 15:52
This is amazingly beautiful and touching tribute. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Posted 16 Nov 2013 21:34
You deserve all the great feedback you've got for this touching and heartfelt poem - well done!

Posted 16 Nov 2013 17:15
Beautiful and touching poem. Thank you for sharing

Posted 12 Nov 2013 13:23
I was fortunate to have known my dad, who also served his country. And as I was born on Nov. 11th, each year he and I celebrated together on the day at one of the many restaurants that honor veterans with a free meal. I lost him this year in July, so this was the first time in many years that we did not share the day together. Thank you for writing this lovely poem. It brought tears to my eyes.

Posted 12 Nov 2013 13:02
This is an achingly beautiful poem, frought with emotion. It's an honor to every veteran, and as the daughter of one, I thank you for Not Forgetting as so many seem to have. A five from me. Thank you for writing this.
Posted 12 Nov 2013 06:00
Very nice remembrance! Well done.
Posted 12 Nov 2013 05:53
Well said Sarah

Posted 12 Nov 2013 02:11
It's not often that a poem can bring me to tears, but that was so heart felt and moving. Beautiful Writing. Easy 5+++

Posted 12 Nov 2013 02:10
A touching and emotional love poem, a truly priceless tribute. Thank you.

Posted 11 Nov 2013 22:29
I have no words StillUndecided. It was simply breathtaking.
Posted 11 Nov 2013 20:33
Heartfelt cry. "But your leaving brought our future". We all should never forget them who fell fighting for us".5
Posted 11 Nov 2013 20:21
Very touching, very well done.
Posted 11 Nov 2013 20:05
I am touched. This is magnificent. Thank you.
Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:56
This is a stark reminder of the incalculable cost of war, our’s and future generations must never forget that. This beautiful prose so eloquently expresses what me must strive to avoid and In remembering those who have fallen, act on our human right to seek peace above all else.
Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:45
Wow, I'm speechless....

Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:12
Simply beautiful and touching. Brought tears to my eyes. A heart warming tribute.

Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:12
Truly a touching subject.
Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:11
such a lovely poem

Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:10
Beautiful Sarah... thank you so much and as a veteran you make me proud...
Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:06
Tears. Stunning
Posted 11 Nov 2013 19:01
WOW thats very intense
Posted 11 Nov 2013 18:29
very emotional I feel after reading this...a well founded score of 5...excellent!!!!
Posted 11 Nov 2013 13:53
this is awesome girlie. good on you.
Posted 11 Nov 2013 10:44
good poem an brilliant tribute
Posted 11 Nov 2013 10:38
An excellent and touching poem. Fitting for today and for the future.

Posted 11 Nov 2013 10:30
Posted 11 Nov 2013 09:09
As a veteran who was lucky and came home, I thank you for these beautiful words. It reminds me of my friends who were not so lucky. "All gave some, Some gave all"
Posted 11 Nov 2013 06:52
A beautiful tribute to our fallen heroes, and an intimate remembrance of a personal loss suffered by so many. Well done for helping us feel the loss and the pain. And thank you for helping us all remember on this Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day, ending WWI at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). My thanks as well to all who have served.

Posted 11 Nov 2013 04:48
Turtle this is Fantastic, You caught the real emotions of those left behind
Posted 11 Nov 2013 02:26
I'm a 65 year old who served 4 years...a long time ago in the US Air Force. Grest poem.

Posted 11 Nov 2013 00:20
This was beautiful. So moving, so touching. Thank you for sharing this. I'm in awe of this right now. Amazing job my turtley friend. Hugs hugs
Posted 10 Nov 2013 23:42
Wow very very nice
Posted 10 Nov 2013 22:01
Well done hun

Posted 10 Nov 2013 20:14
This puts my petty complaints about life's vicissitudes in perspective. Thank you.

Posted 10 Nov 2013 20:10
Very powerful piece! Beautifully written! All I can say is thank you for reminding us all the sacrifice made by those who choose to serve the greater good.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 19:46
A sad but beautifly told story of one of our many heroic men and women I the military service. If it is just a story... Bravo . If it is your true story I wish you the grace and strength of the man you loved.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 18:04
Well done Sarah. Very well written

Posted 10 Nov 2013 17:59
Beautiful and touching....
Posted 10 Nov 2013 17:58
A fitting tribute. my hat's off to you.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 17:27
a true love poem...

Posted 10 Nov 2013 17:14
Well done, my friend. This was incredible and you should be very proud of this poem. You have touched on something that is so raw and real for many people.

Posted 10 Nov 2013 16:27
i do not have words enough to praise this Sarah.. it is just incredible.. as they say in Aussie.. good onya girl

Posted 10 Nov 2013 15:50
Very touching poem. So much emotion.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 15:24
Beautiful and moving
Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:31
so heart warming ... you did great in here, enjoyed it very much. thank you for sharing ...

Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:24
Excellent work. This is a subject many turn away from, but our families never can, and lovers never can. Truly well done! We will remember them.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:08
Beautiful poem, wonderfully written and full of emotion. Definitely makes you think of those lost, excellent Sarah!

Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:07
Oh my tears are the only words I have
Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:04
tribute to those we lost, so many years ago. wonderful x

Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:02
Speechless .. sorry.

Posted 10 Nov 2013 14:00
What a beautiful poem. I'm sitting here in total tears. This is so beautiful, sad, poignant. I am so moved by your words. This is probably the best poem I ever read. Thank you for sharing this. I wish I could give you a 10 but all I can give you is a 5. Lovely and beautiful. 5
Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:52
This is the first time that tears have rolled down my cheeks as I read a poem. Powerful, poignant and heart wrenching.

Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:47
This is an amazing work of art with such clarity on love, loss and pride. There are a few times I wish I could give someone a 10 for their effort and talent - this is one of those times. Thank you (and thank you to those we should never forget).
Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:32
what everyone else said.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:19
Never ever forget

Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:13
Beautifully written with a palpable sense of tragedy that hits on so many levels.

Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:10
Touching. Nice to see something heartfelt, yet different on the front page. You did well. 5
Posted 10 Nov 2013 13:06
Brilliant really moving

Posted 10 Nov 2013 12:38
Dear God!

So personal in detail and yet so universal in theme and exposition...

A HEARTFELT top vote. REALLY Impressive work on several levels.

Congratulations on something really rather special. How very grateful I am that I saw and read this.

xx Steph

Posted 10 Nov 2013 12:18
Thank you so much for sharing your loss and grief with me. So beautiful are your words.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 11:23
My Father was one of the many who lost there lives at war. Thank you for such a comforting poem .
Posted 10 Nov 2013 11:16
Beautiful words of honor, very heartfelt
Posted 10 Nov 2013 11:10
so beautiful bless you for sharing this
Posted 10 Nov 2013 10:49
Wow ....this is just so absolutely beautiful and heartwrenching ...
Posted 10 Nov 2013 10:42
A sad but beautiful poem. The wounds of war never heal completely. Peace to you.

Posted 10 Nov 2013 10:12
Awesomely powerful, dreadfully sad, exquisite in form, and truly heart wrenching.
Posted 10 Nov 2013 10:11
Wonderful....pulls at the strings of my heart!

Posted 10 Nov 2013 09:58
I'm in tears. Amazing. Beautiful

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