Remembrance Day – Two Minutes

Today is Remembrance Day in the UK when we commemorate the sacrifice made by Armed Forces personnel, who have given their lives in conflict. It is marked by a ‘two minutes silence’ at 11 o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

For all those who have experienced loss in the service of their country, we remember them.

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This poem is my mark of respect.

Two Minutes

For two minutes
The world falls silent
Or at least it should
For two minutes
If it was your loved ones
I know you would

Two minutes
To mark lives lost
Two minutes
To remember the cost
Two minutes
For those with so much to live for
Two minutes
I would ask for so much more
Two minutes
Is not enough of a measure
Two minutes
Is not enough memory to treasure
Two minutes
Is not that long
Two minutes
Is not even the perfect pop song
Two minutes
To put your phones away
Two minutes
To have nothing to say
Two minutes
To pause your games of violence
Two minutes
Silence

For two minutes
The world falls silent
Or at least it should
For two minutes
If it was your loved ones
I know you would

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Photos, poem & text © Nick Ritchie 2015

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Remembrance Sunday – ‘Two Minutes’

Today is Remembrance Sunday in the UK. We commemorate the sacrifice of the Armed Forces personnel who have given their lives in conflict with a ‘two minutes silence’ at 11 o’clock – ‘the eleventh hour’. 

For all those who have experienced loss in the service of their country, we remember them.

National Memorial Arboretum 442

This poem is my mark of respect. I wrote it especially for Remembrance Day* in 2013.

Two Minutes

For two minutes
The world falls silent
Or at least it should
For two minutes
If it was your loved ones
I know you would

Two minutes
To mark lives lost
Two minutes
To remember the cost
Two minutes
For those with so much to live for
Two minutes
I would ask for so much more
Two minutes
Is not enough of a measure
Two minutes
Is not enough memory to treasure
Two minutes
Is not that long
Two minutes
Is not even the perfect pop song
Two minutes
To put your phones away
Two minutes
To have nothing to say
Two minutes
To pause your games of violence
Two minutes
Silence

For two minutes
The world falls silent
Or at least it should
For two minutes
If it was your loved ones
I know you would

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* Remembrance Day in the UK is when we commemorate the sacrifice made by Armed Forces personnel, who have given their lives in conflict. It is marked by a ‘two minutes silence’ at 11 o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

There is an accompanying piece, with photos, on the National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield, UK.

Photos, poem & text © Nick Ritchie 2015

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Coastal Scene

An acrostic poem conjured up in the shower whilst thinking about a National Trust coastal poetry competition. The photo was taken at Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire.

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Photo © Nick Ritchie Photography 2015

Coastal Scene

Come
Over
And
See
The
Admirable
Landscape

Sit
Contemplate
Enjoy
Nautical
Environments

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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D-Day (6 June 1944)

This poem is in memory of all those brave souls who asked for so little,
but gave so much. May they rest in peace.

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This poem is in memory of all those brave souls who asked for so little,
but gave so much. May they rest in peace.

D-Day (6 June, 1944) – 71st Anniversary

71 years ago today,
History teaches,
Was not a holiday
Time on the beaches.

Juno was not a film of repute,
Gold was not a song,
Sand was in hot dispute,
In a war raging far too long.

The British were put to the Sword,
Omaha and Utah were the States,
All part of Operation Overlord,
Uniting Neptune’s mates.

Land gained was so hard fought,
Blood too easily bled,
Lives lived far too short,
As sea and sand turned red.

Yet without this call to arms,
And unselfish acts of bravery,
We’d be singing foreign psalms,
And living lives of slavery.

Seven decades have past,
So history has taught,
Time enough to make their actions cast,
Keep the young alive in thought
And make their memory last.

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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Is It Enough?

New poem today…

Written after the General Election in the UK on 7 May 2015. Voter turnout was about 66%, which is considered high, but actually means about 14 million people didn’t exercise their hard-won right. A sad state of affairs. Will those who didn’t use their vote still complain? Probably. Anyway this was the inspiration and starting point for this poem.

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Is It Enough?

Is it enough
To wear badges on your vest
Send texts to protest
And go on away-day marches?

Is it enough
To casually vote
Then sit back to gloat
And verbally attack those less informed?

Is it enough
To read the papers and watch the news
And express their views
On where it all went wrong?

Is it enough
To let others act
To not react
And enact change yourself?

Is it enough?

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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‘Voters’

Yesterday was a General Election in the UK…all the votes have now been counted with the Conservative Party (Tories) winning by a narrow majority. For me, being a Socialist, it’s a sad day…so I thought I’d post this little poem…

Vote

Voters

Little people,
Village stories,
Tiny lives,
Voting Tories

Original draft: circa 1989

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 30 – Sugar-free (Lord twat version)

It’s the final day of this year’s NaPoWriMo…so here’s my final poem…

Inspired by the broadcast of last series of ‘The Apprentice’ TV show with Alan Sugar.

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Sugar-free (Lord Twat version)

Alan Sugar
You’re not sweet
You’re not a twat
I want to meet

You’re not admired
You’re not desired
Lord Sugar
You’re fired!

© Nick Ritchie 2015

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