Red, White and No

I will not judge you if you do not wear a poppy. 
I will not judge you if you do wear a poppy. 

I will not judge you if you wear a red poppy. 

I will not judge you if you wear a white poppy. 

I will not judge you if you wear your poppy with pride. 

I will not judge you if you share your reasons for not wearing one. 

I will be sad for systems that force the wearing of a poppy. 

I will feel sad for those who fear the outcome of their choices. 

I will be disappointed with those who feel they have the right to express anger at others’ choices. 

I will remember that all death in war is tragic, futile and calamitous. 

I will remember those forced to give their lives: certainly, bravely, reluctantly, screaming for home, running in terror. 

I will remember lives blasted away, families ripped apart, generations lost. Mental and bodily health ruined. 

And I will hear the echo of those determined, traumatised souls of the past warning: “Never again. Never again.”   

We must surely remember but we surely must not judge. 

For surely when we judge; when we make no attempt to understand, we sit in different camps like enemies and do battle.

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