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
Plymouth Young City Laureate, November 2018