Congratulations to Jonah Blain who has been appointed the Latymer Laureate, and Summer Khan, the Apprentice Latymer Laureate. The pair will write poems to commemorate special dates across the school year, and we very much look forward to hearing from them.
Jonah’s first commission was a poem reflecting on Remembrance Day, and he has written a powerful response:
What is the importance of Remembrance Day?
Why look back upon horrific events and commemorate?
There ceased war and guns and death,
The last but never ending final breaths.
A date has no relevance when people still cry
Out about the miseries and the bullets still fly.
What makes this day a special date to remember?
More souls have been lost then just in the month of November.
Fighting stopped and distraught minds vowed never
Again would these actions occur, yet forever
We seem intrinsically drawn to the violence that unfolds,
An old sight for weary eyes, soldiers’ stories untold.
But that’s not the reason these soldiers we commend,
They fought and died for both family and friend.
We remember the courage of their sacrifice,
Their survival a futile roll of the dice.
To simply forget our past would never suffice,
So many countries ensnared in war’s deadly vice.
And in silence, we look not towards the ground where they rest,
But to the sky and the clouds where they reside, at last coalesced.
And so, the 11th, we reflect those brave women and men,
We show our respect, we will remember them.