Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

I was not there.
I did not see the blood and gore
Or know the terror
Of a war.
I did not grieve
When friends were lost
Or mourn the maimed
Or human cost.
I did not fight
Nor lose my sons
To mustard gas
Or tommy guns.
I did not scream,
I did not bleed,
I did not die
In bitter need.
I was not born,
I heard their hell
In silent words
They would not tell.
I was not there
I could forget
The sacrifice they made
And yet…
That I am here,
That I am free,
And not deny
My ancestry
That I can choose
Forget…or care…
The gift is theirs,
For they were there.

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