We are proud to share the first poem written by recently appointed Plymouth Young City Laureate Olivia Templeton.

Olivia was commissioned to write a remembrance poem for the upcoming centenary of remembrance. At her request, the poem has been gifted to The Royal British Legion and the Federation of Ex-Servicemen and Women on behalf of MCK Heroes.

The poem will appear in the federation’s next journal and on the MCK Heroes website. We share it today.

“Lest we forget”. 

Run a Warm Bath for Your Boys

Slow the silkworm spins its wicked cocoon

Filled to full, I don’t doubt it

With those too young to be men, too brave to be boys

So much will be written about it


To the women left behind we say

Fly our flag proud in the sky

Build the weapons, work the fields

Let them know Britain shall not die!


Run a warm bath for your boys

That are fighting too far away

For a Mother to send a letter

Of all the things too late to say


To those left on the battlefields,

Whose names are collected for the charts,

Your sacrifices are scars of sorrow

Forever stitched into our hearts

Our flag remains flying high

Although the bath water’s cold as ice

We are united in remembrance

Together we will rise


Their plaques will lay bare, but a single flower

Stood to attention in every row

Our tears will melt the frozen ground

There a poppy shall grow

Olivia Templeton

Plymouth Young City Laureate, November 2018