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Rosie Peacock

Positive Psychologist, Mindset Coach & Wellbeing Specialist. Founder & CEO of the Institute of Positive Wellbeing.
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In the Echo

This poem I wrote earlier this year as I was an English teacher leading a school trip to the Somme battlefields and graveyards. We were exploring war poetry and reading the poems to the students in the locations they were written or where they could reflect on the reality of the war. It inspired me to write my own poem about the experience of reflecting on a war that ended 100 years ago with a new generation of young people who will never quite grasp how horrific a sacrifice the soldiers in World War One made in the name of freedom.

In the Echo

(For the soldiers of Durham Light Infantry who died fighting for our country in World War I)

As we walk in

fields of echoes

our footprints

do not fill theirs.

We walk where

only poppies grow,

where once there

was bloodshed there.

Three hot days

in blazing sun

on battlefields 

(now farmers fields) 

of battles lost

& battles won.

We wonder

who were they?

Does their blood

run in our veins?

Whose dreams

did they pave

with their nightmares?

Who were they

fighting for,

paying with their pain?

Our own cares

are so deeply

entrenched

in the present 

it is impossible

to imagine their

lives and deaths

passed in trenches.

So many acts of bravery 

were taken in soldiers

memory to their graves

of all the battle horrors

& other’s lives they saved.

White stones upon

white stones, line up

as far as the eye can see

neat little lines of men

plucked in their prime.

The white stones

known only unto God

outnumber white stones

named & known.

So many men.

So many men

who never made it home.

As we walk in

fields of echoes

our footprints

do not fill theirs.

We walk where

only poppies grow,

where once there

was bloodshed there.

Rosie Peacock © 2018

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