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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