Monday, August 25, 2014

Poppies for the Fallen--By George L. Ellison--England

Poppies for the  Fallen

Poppies they grow now on Flanders fields
Where once many a brave soldier did fight
Against all the odds never wanting to yield

An unknown soldier lies there now
His bravery was never in any doubt
We remember each year as our heads we bow

We salute to the fallen that died
Who took up arms to protect against the foe
Did their sworn duty without fuss and with pride

So many wars through so many ages
So many warriors of land, sea and air
Gave their lives willingly their lore writ in pages

So many owed so much back at home
To those brave souls fighting so far from our shores
Some did return from conflicts to their kingdom

Poppies still grow now in Flanders fields
There are white headstones as far as one can see
Against all odds they never, never did yield

George L. Ellison is a writer of poetry and  short stories. He as published two books called Poetic Reminiscences and Weaving Words.  George lives with his wife and dogs in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham in England. He is a member of The Writers and Poetry Alliance. He is currently working on his new project as well as learning to play the saxophone at the Sage Gateshead!


  1. Nice work, George. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

    1. Thank you for your kind comments Maurice they are very much appreciated!

      Kind Regards


  2. Your poem is very touching and so sad. All of these lives all over this world, unselfishly obliterated and we still, in our vanity and selfishness, go back to our old ways........... is it all for nothing? Sheri

  3. Dear George,

    We have many battle sites and memories of far too many fallen soldiers. I love the way your poem emulates "In Flanders Field the poppies grow, between the crosses row by row." That was always one of my favorite poems and you evoke the same feelings with your write. Beautiful!

    Best wishes,

  4. Thanks for remembering Flanders Field, the WWI burial site for so many soldiers. It is the only American military cemetery in Belgium. You brought back the memories of this resting place with a timely reminder. Bob (my father fought and was gassed and wounded in WWI)

  5. Thank you for your well written poem honoring the fallen of WW1. Our military men give so much for our freedoms and get much too little recognition. Thank you sharing your heart felt words and talent.