World War 2 poem by Lily Alexander wins annual Royal British Legion competition

Congratulations to Lily Alexander in Year 9, the overall winner of the Stradbroke and District branch of the Royal British Legion's annual poetry competition with her poem "World War 2".
Lily looked very surprised when her name was called out in a whole school assembly this morning to announce the winners. 
Chairman Michael Burton, Vice Chairman John Graham and Secretary Bernard Mills representing the Royal British Legion thanked our pupils for an outstanding number of entries which at over 80, is double the amount of entries received last year!  
The whole school had been invited to write poems about either the extensive work carried out by the Royal British Legion or about their thoughts on war. The poems featured poignant messages displayed on illustrated backgrounds and Mr Mills commented in particular on the care taken to present each entry.
Congratulations were also given to the runners up, Leah Chapman Year 9, Dylan Ball Year 9, Seth Kingdom Year 8 and Sebastian Adams Year 8. Well done to you all and to everyone who took the time to enter into the competition.
Here is Lily's poem:
World War 2
Air raid shelters, damp and black
Bombs exploding, back to back
Children crying, adults too
"Down the cellar, after you"
Evacuees on the train
Farewells said in the pouring rain
Gone to live in some strange place
Hoping for a friendly face
In the cities, parents wait
Just to hear of their child's fate
Knowing that they have arrived
Leaves them thankful they've survived
Memories now not theirs to make
No hugs or kisses: birthday cake
Only painful loss in theirs
Parting sorrow, daily prayers
Quick to jar them from their pity;
Raids repeating on the city
Sirens screeching, chaos calls
Thunderous noise as buildings fall
Underground: imaginations
Violet earth reverberations
Why oh why? Despair abounds.

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