Lonely White Cross

I am writing about war and conflict as we honour all those who died through two terrible world wars and those who continue to do so in conflicts across the globe.

The photo was taken at Heysham Heights, near Morecambe, Lancashire, when I was visiting family and thought it was particularly poignant when so many lives were lost on the beaches of France.


I still shed a tear for my comrades who gave their lives in war
Those who protected the innocent and vulnerable
We cannot blame them for the absolute destruction
They are not the ones who are culpable
So many precious lives were destroyed on many sides
There was too much torture, suffering and pain
In unimaginable and horrific circumstances
That none of us should ever want to witness again
I will never celebrate or glorify any war
Like millions of others I just need tranquility
For I can still hear the cries of those many lost souls
In their continued long battle of eternity.

I still see the fear and despair in those young faces
On the killing fields far, far away from home
And the simple grave with the lonely white cross
For those who fell there and were unknown
I may have lost my comrades in arms and my own sight
But I can still see the memories that  are as clear as can be
In the roaring silence of my own dark world
My inner most thoughts will be a constant reminder to me
So I simply want to  warn you each day about the dangers
Of allowing the powerful and greedy  to manipulate and control you
It is up to everyone of us  to create a better world for our children
Show  loving kindness to  strangers by embracing a world wide view.
©Suzanne Kelsey June 4th 2014

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Suzanne Kelsey

I am now (reluctantly) reitred from my work as a teacher/lecturer which has been a very long and happy career that focused on education, child development, dance, drama and teacher training. I was also a health and fitness tutor and contemporary dance teacher in my spare time! I love tai chi, photography, music, dance, theatre, reading, walking, mindfulness/meditation, social media and learning something new every day. I write poetry to raise money for good causes. I am passionate about campaigning for social justice and saving our NHS here in the UK. I also love my partner, my family and my friends and like to spend as much time with them as possible.

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