Wednesday, November 7

In Honor and Remembrance

Digi by Beccy's Place
~Beccy's Place-anything goes
~ABC-A is for Appreciation
~Squirrel and Fox-flowers, hats or horses
~Critter Sketch-remembrance
~Papertake Weekly-anything goes
~Simon Says Stamp-remember
Please Wear A Poppy
by Don Crawford

Please wear a poppy," the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she'd pinned it on he turned to say,
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"
The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free -
That's why we wear a poppy, you see."
"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew
and became a man - as you will, too."
"He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he'd seemed with us such a little while
When war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day
When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mom, so please don't cry."
"But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight,
(I can see it still in my dreams at night),
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire."
"Till at last, at last, the war was won -
And that's why we wear a poppy son."
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son - did he come back all right?"
A tear rolled down each faded check;
She shook her head, but didn't speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you'd have done the same;
For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Thought our freedom was bought - and thousands paid!
And so when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne,
By those who gave their very all
When asked to answer their country's call
That we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember - and give!
(¨`•.•´¨) Hugs
  `•.¸(¨`•.•´¨) from the
(¨`•.•´¨)¸.•´ Heart
 `•.¸.•´ ~DEANNE~
. . . psst, don't forget to check out my {PIN}spirational Challenge Blog !


Love crafts forever said...

Your card is very pretty. Thanks for playing at Sparkle and Glitter challenge.
Hugs Nataliya

Rick St. Dennis said...

Lovely job-thanks for joining us at sparkle and glitter

*Vicki* said...

Absolutely stunning!! Thanks so much for sharing this!! HUGS

Sharon Sahl said...

Your card and your sentiment are very touching! Thank you for joining us in the Sparkle and Glitter challenge this week!

pinky said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

monique said...

Very beautiful card. Wonderful job thanks for sharing at sparkle and glitter

Louise said...

Very pretty card, thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge

Lin said...

Lovely card, Deanne, and I enjoyed your poem, too. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

Elaine said...

Deanne this is so pretty well done Thank you so much for joining us at The Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge “POPPIES” . Your card is fabulous and good luck Hugs Elaine .

Corrinne Quinn said...

Lovely, Deanne! How are you doing on this fine Thursday? Thank you for sharing this with us at Clear It Out Challenges.

Lots of joy,

Sandy Trefger said...

Beautiful! I love red poppies and that poem! A stunning tribute card. Thanks for sharing it with Clear It Out!
visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

Miranda said...

gorgeous card, I love poppies and the poem is very pretty
thanks for joining sparkle and glitter this week

Bunny said...

This is lovely.Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments. And good luck.

Caz xx CSD DT

Barbara Godden said...

Beautiful poppy, fabulous colouring the poem is beautiful too. Thanks for joining us at Clear it Out for the red stash challenge.

sgc said...

Gorgeous card--and you're correct. The poppy was the perfect image to use in the Critter Sketch Veteran's Day challenge. Thanks for playing!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Your card is lovely as well as the touching poppy poem.
Thanks so much for joining us at Clear It Out challenges. We hope to see you again.
Huggies & Smiles ~

Beccy said...

Your card is beautiful Deanne and sentiment is lovely. Thank you for the Remembrance Day poem, it was very touching.

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

This is gorgeous Deanne! Thanks so much for playing at CRAFTY SENTIMENTS DESIGNS this time:)

Lynn's Place said...

Thanks for playing along at Clear It Out Tuesday...great take on the challenge hope to see you again...

Pauline said...

Hi Deanne.. a beautiful creation... and such a stirring poem! Thanks for sharing with us at Sparkle and Glitter with Rick!
hugs and blessings,

Lozzapops said...

Beautiful card Deanne! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments! Laura x

MagsB said...

Lovely card - and what a beautiful poem. It brought tears to my eyes. LEST WE FORGET!

Thanks for joining in at The Squirrel and the Fox.

love Mags B x

~ Sharon ~ said...

I love this. Your image is so beautifully colored. Thanks for joining us at the Clear It Out Challenge Blog.

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