The Guns Stopped.

It’s eleven o’clock on this special day,

That special day one hundred years ago

When it all stopped.

The fighting lasted up to the hour,

But then it ceased,

The war to end all wars was over.

It didn’t stop though,

Those who lost loved ones grieved,

And on this day, one hundred years hence

We still grieve,

Grieve at the waste of life.

They went to war as a duty,

But that duty for millions,

Was to die,

To die for reasons they never knew.

It was said to be the right thing to do,

The war to end all wars, didn’t.

Still we fight wars, why?

Those in power believe,

Believe they are right,

Right to inflict their wills on others

And waste human life,

Just to get their own way.

What if they are wrong

And others are right?

But on this day we remember

As the poppies grew,

Marking a place for all who died

In that war to end all wars,

And for all who remember.


  • onepauly

    I have a documentary dvd collection
    of that war. I have 95 documentaries
    of the war after that one. ive seen them about 5 times each over the years. yes, I am a historian of that war. I know everything there is to know about that war. you hit the nail right on the head. lol

    • Goldfinch60

      Thank you onepauly, much appreciated.

      • onepauly

        scratch the lol.

      • Michael Edwards

        A contemplative and moving write Andy - just wish I was up to joining all the celebrations (if that's the right word) here in our village. The pub and Remembrance garden are boy
        th covered in popies and there will a fire tonight on Beacon Hill plus a big event and dinner in the village hall.

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Michael. I have been asked make it available for the congregation today, I had asked if I could read it but the preacher wants me to read 'In Flanders Field' to tie in with what he is going to be talking about.

          • Michael Edwards

            Pity you can't read both it would make sense (to me at least).

          • orchidee

            A fine write and tribute Gold.
            'Meanwhile'(from my book of the same name, recalling all sorts of nuttiness) - I'm a bit old. I remember the Boer Wars too. I was in them!

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Orchi.

              • orchidee

                Be with you soon - me poem 'blew up' when trying to upload a clip! Trying again now...

              • Lorna

                It really wasn't all that long ago was it Andy - and what a mess of wars in the time since...... and more than ever before they have become political ploys to deflect attention from rotten agendas... it makes you despair.... all those beautiful young men.

                • orchidee

                  'Meanwhile' (my book of the same name, of assorted nuttiness!) - well, 1066 was a long time ago. And I was in the Boer Wars meself! Did I write a book?! heehee.

                • dusk arising

                  No the guns havent stopped you're so right. Sadly mankind seems responsible for repeating the same mistakes....... So there are those of us who would do otherwise.... the pacifiers..... Chamberlain comes to mind.... what IS the answer when faced with a regime which demands war? I've no answers. So the next evil regime forces us to repeat...... as always was.... so shall it continue????? I wish not.

                • Goldfinch60

                  I too have no answers, I wish I did or someone in authority did.

                • BRIAN & ANGELA

                  Thanks UNCLE ANDY : Love the SONG and the POEM "We will remember them" Many KIWIS died in both World Wars and we had a wonderful Memorial Service in St Patrick's Cathedral yesterday and many Members of the NZ ARMED FORCES (KIWIS & MAORIS) were present in Uniform. Thanks for your Tribute :
                  Love & Blessings to Yourself & JOYCE :
                  ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thank you for your comment Angela. We had a wonderful Service in our Church yesterday and this poem was distributed amongst the congregation and I had some wonderful feedback about it.

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