When you signed
put life on the line
with handwritten ink bleeding on the page,
did you realize the sacrifice
a mother’s wail to follow in the night
before your feet left this land?
My heart cracks with the thinking of it
pain leaking out slow.
The life you donated for others
unknown to you
makes me know without doubt
love is brave.
© Alicia Grimshaw 2017
Thank you to all who have given their lives for others.