By The Somme

By The Somme

A Poem by Jamila
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Genealogy.

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I found my DNA
on a poppy petal
by the Somme
where the silenced
guns of memory
still rata-tata on
in grass field
reverberations
where the courageous
youth were bled
under clouds
of grey gunmetal
peering down
from overhead.


I found my DNA
on a poppy petal
by the Somme
where the sunlit
mo(u)rning ripples
of the river
sing their song
in flowing undulations
over hills and
serrated mounds
lulling cradles
of wildflowers
where they rock
on sacred grounds.


I found my DNA
on a poppy petal
by the Somme
now my missing
piece of jigsaw
has a place
where it belongs
on those hallowed
fields of bravery
upon a pillow
of cardinal red
a fragrant quilt to
soothe my sorrow
and a home
to rest my head.

© 2020 Jamila


Author's Note

Jamila
Thanx for reading! :)

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Hello Madame!

An unforgettable tribute to the brave and courageous young soldiers who perished in this very significant and devastating war, full of senseless bloodshed. I read about it in my history lessons in O levels.

The imagery of blood spilled on the poppies is stunning and awesome. Indeed, the river Somme, the grassfields with their wildflowers and the hills must still reverberate and mourn with the sounds of deadly gunfire and dying moans. These are sacred grounds. And to be able to find oneself linked genetically to one of these war heroes must be a moment of such pride in one's heritage.

Appreciated the reference to Poppies, the flower that symbolises lives lost in conflict. Its said that nothing could grow among the ruins of this war but this frail flower with its delicately crumpled petals. The bright red hue paid silent tribute to the blood shed by dying soldiers on the battlefield.

No war however big or small is ever forgotten by the Universe for its human toll. Nature forever mourns the senselessness and the needlessness of such tragedy.

Read many poems on war but I can confidently say that this is one of the most beautiful and haunting. Kudos!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Pestonjee

2 Weeks Ago

When a poem is this beautiful, every history lesson of the past flashes and comes to fore! It was a.. read more
Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx again, P! I hope your pen has been busy! :))
Pestonjee

2 Weeks Ago

Still working on my current one. I hope it sees the light of the day.
Stay safe 😊👍



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You found your DNA in the fields of the Somme > A lovely tribute to those who still sleep here.
Sadly we didn't get to see them > The place where my granddad was wounded - wounds which give him problems for the rest of his life.

They were on our itinery but delays by bas weather and a ferry booked >>>>
We got to Arnhem and saw the fields of graves from WWII Also the RAF graves: individual or all from one aircraft; amongst the civilian population

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, Wild Rose! Arnhem is just as special a place to visit. Operation Market Garden was a .. read more
I am new to Writer's Cafe and I found this poem truly inspiring. I love your imagery of a ghostly world playing out like a broken tape and how a piece of you is nestled in the crook of the poppy upon the soil which saw thousands of lives shattered.

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, roma! Welcome to the cafe and thanx so much for taking the time to read and leave you.. read more
I saw the war graveyards of WW2 in Europe. They allow you see the cost of freedom and the many who are sleeping and resting now. I do love the poppy fields. A wonder and a beauty to see. Thank you dear Jamila for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, dear Coyote! Yes, i have seen those graves you speak of, and of course those from the.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

A powerful write dear Jamila and you are welcome.
I like the imagery you write with, This is really good

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Jamila

1 Week Ago

Thanx so much, Kay-T! I appreciate you reading and stopping by! :)
one puzzle piece found another few hundred left to fill LOL those who have bled before you would be rather proud to have some of their dna breathing in you for you are the very example of why they bled dear Jamila liberty:) what a sincere set of lines you placed here!

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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear Robert! A very unexpected piece found and filled, yes. One that fills me with bo.. read more
Another reminder of man's carnage. No matter how much time passes, In silence, the ratata of guns of war can still be heard. The land and rivers will hold beautiful reminders in their calm. Evidences of the horrors they witnessed. This is a very good piece as always

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2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, Isimbabi! Your comments are very astute and much appreciated. Many thanx for stopping.. read more
Your imagery here Jamila is stunning in this tribute to those young men who perished in the battle of the Somme. Such a contrast between the softness of those red poppy petals and the hard, penetrating bullets. Also the contrast of sounds, from the quiet, peaceful stillness to the noise of the gunfire with its rata tata. Not forgetting the contrast of what your nostrils would have experienced in both settings. These tributes always leave me feeling tearful for those lost generations who sacrificed so much. A beautiful, heart ache of a poem.

Chris

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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear Chris! This one was born from a conversation about family history with my Grandf.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Weeks Ago

Always a pleasure Jamila.
Very moving Jamila. The Somme has become a byword for the pointless sacrifice of young men. Your connection with the symbol of the poppy is very poignant and well done. My grandfather fought at the Somme but, like many he never spoke of it.
If you are interested I've written a story called Somme inspired by hearing a Scottish singer Julie Foulis singing 'The White Swan' written the night before the battle. It's a few pages back on my list .
All the best.
Alan


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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, dear Alan! I am glad you can appreciate this effort with your own personal family lin.. read more
In spite of our stupidity the flowers still grow
Very nicely done

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Jamila

2 Weeks Ago

Thanx so much, Dave! Indeed they do, and quite beautifully, too! Many thanx for stopping by with you.. read more

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