National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

The Grass Will Still Be Red, Even After The Rain

The National Army Museum thought this great wartime poem written by 11 year old Henry Harford of St Heliers School, Auckland was a fitting tribute for ANZAC Day.

ANZAC Day PoppyBy Henry Harford, 11 years, St Heliers School

There was a treaty set in stone

But the German people started to moan

 

As Germans threatened to invade

Adolf Hitler disobeyed

 

The Jewish people all wore a star

Then the Gestapo took them far

 

War started with a boom

On a shocking September afternoon

 

Fields were left dark and red

As soldiers slowly bled

 

Children were forced to run

As Nazi’s pointed their guns

 

Winston Churchill said stop

Adolf Hitler thought not

 

Cities left in rubble

As citizens were in trouble

 

The planes all lay broken

In the rubble still smoking

 

Desperately peace was needed

“Help” the people pleaded

 

America finally joined the fight

To show the Axis powers their might

 

Russia joined the calling

To speed up Germany’s falling

 

Now they had an Allied team

This made the Nazi party scream

 

War ended in 1945

With an Allied win as Hitler took a dive

 

May we never forget the pain

So the soldiers did not die in vain

 

The grass will be red even after the rain

Henry Harford - Wartime Poem Author