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