Wildflowers

Wildflowers are growing by the side of the Mersey

When the old river floods and bursts her banks

After short, sharp, warm summer storms
The flowers appear to be floating just above the water

All mahogany orange
and poppy field red

Soon our sons will return home

On ships

On planes

On boats

Wearing bandaged smiles

Sad eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses

Some to fall into the arms of those they love

For others to kneel by the side of the Mersey

Palms together

Eyes closed

Praying for the storm

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