a poem by Lee Emmett, Australia - poetry writer, author, poet

logged on to Veterans’ website
to find out a little bit more
about ‘Remembrance Day’
and the first world war

over sixty-one thousand Australians
died in that terrible conflict
one was my father’s father
who did not come back

we travelled to Villers Bretonneux
where some ‘Diggers’ were deployed
in the battle for Amiens
British and Canadians alongside

thirty thousand German troops captured
in offensive which broke their line
six and a half thousand casualties
Aussies lost for eternal time

huge wall commemorates
soldiers who gave their all
Claude Rupert Hewitt
amongst the ones who fell

soldiers who did not return
by families are remembered
red poppies are worn
on eleventh of November

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