386 – Many Did Not

Poem number 386
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Many Did Not
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They left in their millions
They left family and friends
Never knowing if they would ever hold them again
Many did not.
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They left their allotments
They left their houses and flats
Never knowing if they would ever see them again
Many did not.
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They left their businesses
They left their jobs and careers
Never knowing if they would ever work again
Many did not.
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They left their ambitions
They left their hopes and plans
Never knowing if they would ever get to dream again
Many did not.
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They left. They fought. They died.
They left all that they had
Never knowing that they were all that we had.
We yearned for them to come home
Many did not.
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The families were never held
The gardens were never tended
The careers were never re-launched
The dreams were never fulfilled.
They left, never knowing if they would ever return.
Many did not.