The poem below has been written by one of our parishioners – James Gilman – and has been used in services at Durham Cathedral and elsewhere. It has also been accepted by the British Army and the Royal Navy for use in military bases around the world and has been added to the Royal British Legion's list for possible use in future National Remembrance Services. A wonderful achievement.
THE POPPIES PRAYER
The poppies fall.
Their crimson tears
Like shrapnel, piercing every heart
Of those who mourn the dying blood
Enshrouding friend and foe alike
On Flanders Field.
So scour our conscience
With your flood
Till we ensure that never more
Shall nations let Death’s bloody dance
Seduce the souls of friend and foe.
Like Flanders Field