Remembrance, for those left behind

Today at 11am, many will stop what they are doing, disregard their phones and respect a Two Minute Silence in Remembrance.

As a child, I remember this at school, but it is only in recent years that I’ve noticed supermarkets, shopping malls, and offices acknowledging this, and so they should.

For us, Two minutes, out of one day, once a year. For them, forever.

This is for those left behind:


A life shared for three score years,

Now a home only for one,

Hours in front of an old TV,

Oh why does nobody come?

A life shared for two score years,

Grown children on the make,

Visits from riotous grandchildren,

‘Hey Granma! You got any cake?’

A life shared for 20 years,

Dreams will now stay in the night,

Kids have left home, so much left to do,

But no cosy future in sight.

A life shared just a matter of months,

A new baby is on the way,

Such joy to be blessed with this miracle

Conceived on one’s wedding day.

So many shared lives.

So many cut short,

Sound familiar to you?

Then spare them a thought.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Remembrance, for those left behind

  1. This was so beautifully worded and a wonderful, caring reminder. Thank you. And I will spare our service men and women many thoughts – today and everyday.

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