Two Poems by Andrew Scott

​Pay Remembrance

I have walked this hill since 1994
and every year after this I will continue
to visit my lost brother in arms

We met in the Korean hills during battle
as our Canadian regiment fought
together in taking Hill 677 in Kap’yong

Times of fighting like that
for what you believe in
make men inseparable

We made a pact with each other in ‘53
that we would meet each year to pay remembrance
and this we did, just the two of us
changing homes each time, his then mine

Always wearing actual fatigues
sitting in a nearby field
by each other’s homes
being left alone by our families
so we could have the time that only we understood

When he passed on after leading a good life
he wanted to be buried in one of our fields
there were not poppies here before
mysteriously they grew over time
I always thought so everyone would know who he is
and pay remembrance to Private Samuel Allen
as I do every year.

Unsafe Haven

I stand at this once solid threshold
to my safe have of yesterday
that today is torn, tattered, gone
memories in shambles, scattered everywhere

The wind, rain swept everything away
photographs, furniture destroyed
water soaked walls caved in
power stopped all flickering hope

There is no light at the end of the tunnel
years of rebuild for my family
from just moments of nature’s destruction

My hands do not even know where to start
what gives the best beginning foundation
to make the future even solid

Nothing will bring back living room memories
kitchen, family all day cook outs

No restful nights of sleep
always waiting for the next wave
that will take another pillar
of this unsafe haven of mine
where I will never be able to sleep again.

Andrew Scott is a native of Fredericton, NB. During his time as an active poet, Andrew Scott has taken the time to speak in front of a classrooms, judge poetry competitions as well as published worldwide in such publications as The Art of Being Human, Battered Shadows and The Broken Ones. His books, Snake With A Flower, The Phoenix Has Risen, The Path and The Storm Is Coming are available now.