Derbyshire Laureate Helen Mort attended the recent Memorial Garden celebration event to read a couple of her poems.She was so moved when she saw the Garden, she went away and penned a brand new poem, inspired by WWI poet Wilfred Owen.
Helen said: "I found the whole evening so moving and quite emotional. The memorial is a wonderful feature at the ground; something that provides the opportunity for everyone to remember those no longer with us.
It moved me to write some verses that, I hope, captures the feeling that the venue inspired in me."
Thanks very much Helen, we really appreciate your work.
This sun, this butter-on-toast sun,
this autumn-leaf sun
this newborn, blonde sun,
this older, wise sun,
this neither cruel nor kind sun,
it shone when they sprinted the pitch,
it lit up every hill and ditch in France,
it shone when everything
was said and done. This sun,
this bold-as-brass sun,
this top-of-the-class sun,
it watched them run,
it watched from the world’s sill
and when they stopped,
it watched them still.
This town sun, this Crooked
Spire sun, this start-a-fire sun,
this stadium sun, this sun
on our shoulders and sun
on our hands, this sun
is a memorial
that always stands.