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A Poem for VE Day 2020

6 May 2020

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VE DAY – 2020

No massed parades, no booming guns

Saluting those who fell on our behalf,

So long ago.

 

Instead, this year, we hold them in our heart

And fly our home-made flags and cheer,

Stood carefully apart.

 

Some can recall the actual day but ALL

Can pray in gratitude: give thanks

For our deliverance.

 

And too, salute the ‘fresh-come’ heroes

Of a newer war; as yet unwon.

 

It’s right to cheer and wave our flags,

Give vent to pride in nation. But too,

Within ourselves, let’s spend the day in

Quiet contemplation.

 

Charles Gorer.

 

Our thanks go to Charles Gorer for allowing us to share his poem