Peace creeps through the battlefields
Where soldiers once were to fight
But now there is nothing
At the fall of night.
Peace carries on into the town
Where everyone's asleep.
When men had gone and died in war
Widows would once weep.
Peace finds its way to the farms
Where once there were smoking ruins.
Now the farm is restored, and all
Go back to what they're doing.
Peace drifts on to the hospitals
Where once there were lots of dying.
Now they are all fully healed,
Not many there are there lying.
Peace wanders to the factories
Where German planes once flew;
All the people there were helpless,
There was nothing they could do.
Now you know how the war once felt
It might make you pause -
We are so lucky to have peace
So pray for no more wars.
By The Girl, 8
The details I particularly want to remember:
- I first heard about the competition from my German teacher - her son was a friend of the boy who died so tragically young, in whose memory the contest was held.
- It was The Boy talking about his class entering this competition that got The Girl interested. She found out about it by Googling it, then wrote her entry independently and entered online! So proud of her for that :)
- The Headteacher was confused to get the letter saying that The Girl had been awarded 'Highly Commended', as she hadn't known that The Girl had entered at all! She had to take her aside after assembly to find out how it had happened! She (The Head) was so pleased though, and sought me out to tell me all about it herself :)
- The Headteacher asked The Girl to type up her poem and print it out, and it's on display in school together with The Boy's Classmate's (winner of second prize in the same age category).
- The poet who was invited to the awards ceremony really *performed* his poems. They had such rhythm and beat. Great fun.
- The Girl looked so small up on stage! The others in her age category were mostly aged 10 or 11 and were much bigger than she was, which just highlights what an achievement it was for her :)
- We didn't realise there'd be a prize, we thought it would just be a certificate! The Girl was desperate to open the envelope as soon as she got back to her seat, but she was very good and patient and waited till we were in the car on our way home. She was so thrilled to be awarded £10!
- The ceremony took rather longer than we'd expected! We'd ordered pizza to be delivered in celebration of The Girl's success and The Boy's Grade 2 in tenor horn, but it had been waiting for nearly 45 minutes by the time we got home... (Still tasted good though!)
I will scrapbook this :)