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Naomi Ely's poem has been included in a national Armistice anthology
Naomi Ely's poem has been included in a national Armistice anthology

A Diss High School student's poem had been included in a special Armistice poetry anthology.

Naomi Ely, a year 9 student from Diss High School, wrote a poem titled ‘Poppy Red Blood’.

Students across the country were invited to write poems on the theme of Armistice for a competition run by the University of Lincoln.

The entries were read and judged by the poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker.

Naomi's poem was highly commended by the judges.

She was invited to a presentation ceremony at Lincoln University, which included readings from Duffy and the prize winning poets.

Naomi’s poem is published in ‘Armistice 100’, an anthology of poems produced by students from across the United Kingdom.

Poppy Red Blood

By Naomi Ely

Will the blood ever clot

Or the dove ever fly?

Will the guns ever stop,

Will the bombs say goodbye?

Will brave men be forgotten

In the future to come

Or will every boy

Learn how to use a gun?

Will the poppy red blood

Ever stop running?

Our lives are uncertain

in the future that’s coming

and now I march out

with my brother beside,

it’s too late for us

no armistice has been signed.

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