This is Red Poppy from the book 'Flowers to Knit and Crochet' by Susie Johns and Jan Ollis. I didn’t finish it in time for last year’s Remembrance Sunday and so this year, as it’s rather large, it’s been gracing my handbag.
Here it is keeping company with my keyring/tag from the Donkey Sanctuary, as a tribute to the many animals who give their lives in times of conflict.
No honours wait him, medal, badge or star,
Though scarce could war a kindlier deed unfold;
He bears within his breast, more precious far
Beyond the gift of kings, a heart of gold.
This Friday, 13th November, the Animals in War, Memorial Service will be held in London. For details, and to read the poem, 'A Soldier’s Kiss’ from which the above words are taken, click the link. To see the watercolour by Fortunino Matania, titled ‘Goodbye Old Man’ visit the Blue Cross Archive.
|Animals in War, Memorial, Park Lane, London, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons|