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Poppies

What does a Poppy mean?
Why do I wear one?
It means
THANK YOU
For doing something
That I’d never be able to do,
That I can’t even imagine properly,
Because Hollywood has taken the real meaning
And replaced it with Tom Hanks and Spielberg,
And I just hope I can teach my students
Something about it,
Anything about it
Wearing a Poppy means,
I RESPECT your decision
To fight for those who couldn’t,
To help a person worlds away
So that he and his family may
Immigrate with their dreams so they,
Can have the opportunities in your country
Because as you said all those years ago
To a grandfather who witnessed
The destruction of his homeland
And who wanted to know
Who the people helping were like,
And why they would help
Complete strangers,
You said;
“Sir, I was just doing my job”

So,
When someone asks me
Why are you wearing a Poppy?
I reply quite simply,
I wear it because it MEANS something to me
It REMINDS me that if it wasn’t for
The ones who left their home to
Help the home of a complete stranger
Just because they felt like it was their
Duty as fellow human beings
I most likely wouldn’t have
This present ability to write
About what the poppy means
To me.

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