Thursday 18 July 2024

A Reflection ...

There has to be another way

Katie Day

With each poppy planted the tears fall
In the hearts of all
Are the men and women who have risen to the call
In years before and years to come
When all we ever want is for them all to return home
But many do not
Whether burned, drowned or shot
In the fields of pain and sorrow they are ultimately alone

There has to be another way

Fear has bound us and driven us for too long
Love has to overcome and ensure we all throng
Together and walk in harmony, peace and respect
Too much loss, heartache and neglect
The future has to be secure, strong and as one
No more war, aggression and pain – we’re done

There has to be another way

Our inner light is strong, powerful and sure
Together we can create that tipping point and secure
A future of balance and peace
Where the children of tomorrow flourish, and cease
To be afraid. Rather the world over they smile, laugh and play
Knowing they are safe to grow into their future, and say


This poem was written by Katie Day, Director of FIC, after visiting the Poppies at the Tower of London in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Today (6 August 2015) is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

She dedicates the poem to all those affected by war and conflict, past or present.


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