I am thinking on this chilly day
With my friends off work and far away
It is a most auspicious date
All six ones in an ordered state.
I’ve just heard on the radio
Only once a century comes this row
Of six ones lined up on parade
Six soldiers in a cavalcade?
On the eleventh month on the eleventh day
At the eleventh minute, the guns gave way
To a sudden silence, the sound of peace
The long awaited armistice.
The Great War ended long ago
How the soldiers fought we cannot know
But as this date comes round again
Our thoughts go out to these brave men.
(c) Poet in the woods 2014