Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Royal Canadian Legion sponsors an art and poetry contest each year for students across the country and encourages them to reflect on Remembrance Day and its meaning to them. This poem was a winner in 2005.
I stare at my feet in a moment of silence
And strain to cry for those who were lost.
Yet no tears come, and I struggle to understand
Why I do not cry like the veteran next to me.
I try to imagine the young men of our country
Leaving home to fight the unknown.
I try to envision families broken apart
By the terror that is war.
I try to picture someone close to me
Having to kill.
I try to imagine the crushing pain
When a loved one does not return home.
Soon the reveille sounds and I awake from
I am moved but have shed no tears.
I look to the veteran next to me and see the
sorrow in his eyes.
He gives me a teary smile and takes my hand.
Only then do I realize that he has seen
And fought so I could only imagine them.
Nicole Jowett, 2005
Winnipeg – Charleswood Junior High