Welcome to FLOW

Welcome to our world of poems, stories, lyrics and letters, and we hope you enjoy reading the many contributions people from across the world have made.

In June 2020 we lost our wonderful patron Dame Vera Lynn (DBE), and in her memory we will continue to be a light in the darkness for all those who have suffered trauma, especially from war.

The light she shone for so many will never fade, just as we remember all who have fallen over the years, and all those who have suffered trauma regardless of how it was caused.

Come inside and wrap yourself up with the words we have gathered together.

FLOW for ALL (FLOW) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) whose registered number is SC050666.

FLOW is entered in the Scottish Charity Register as an incorporated body having charitable status under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

Poems, Stories, Lyrics and Letters on FLOW

P T S D

P T S D 2 Remember too those Military Men With Memories buried deep Lifelong scars within their soul Interrupting them when they sleep The horros of the battlefireld The screams of wounded and the smell With destruction all around them These things they remember...

Poetry
Jan 31, 2024

Freddy Gilroy

Freddy Gilroy Scarborough We’re back in Yorkshire once again In Scarboough on a Winter’s day Where Ray Lonsdale has created another Statue To sit here on the Promenade on display The twice than lifelike subject this time Sitting here facing the Sea at North Bay...

Poetry
Jan 21, 2024

Brothers in arms

Brothers in Arms It’s hard to interpret this image As we sit and sadly stare As though left by a Guardian Angel To remind all of us who care The thoughts of many Military men Of battles fought won or lost The smell the noise and the sadness Perhaps their colleagues...

Poetry
Jan 21, 2024

Tommy

Artist Ray Lonsdale Tommy Imagine if you will the thoughts of this Soldier Sitting not far from Seaham’s shore Home once again on British soil Away from the horrors of War All this depicted by the Artist Of this moving image we see The setting here in loneliness...

Poetry
Jan 21, 2024

Commando Lochaber

Commando Lochaber Now here’s a subject that takes me back To times when I were a mere child Enduring life in W W 2 So this photo left me beguiled I remember the enemy Bombers As they flew nightly overhead And we were led to a shelter Instead of staying in our bed...

Poetry
Jan 20, 2024

H M S Victory

H M S Victory Here we have the oldest ship in the British Navy The longest Vessel in the world to survive 246 years of Service to the Royal Nay Which was launched in 1765 H M S Victory was Flagship for Lord Nelson In the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 Armed with 104...

Poetry
Jan 19, 2024
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To Comrades at Christmas

It’s Christmas again; it’s wet and cold. A season of giving of history old. When most of us stay so warm and so dry, and memories fleeting of those who have died. Remembrance Day is far from us now. For most, it’s forgotten, vanished somehow. But veterans stand and...

Poetry
Dec 29, 2023

Where have all the rabbits gone

Intro :- (The Company Admin staff that walked at lunchtime noted a lack of the usual Rabbits and wondered where they had gone. ) This was the answer submitted for the company news letter but for some reason not published. :- Where have all the rabbits gone Where...

Poetry
Dec 29, 2023

Lily

Lily For us a bad day, feeling so sad We lost our Pal called ‘’ LILY PAD ” Her Visits to the vets to no avail And in the end were proved to fail A terrible time it could make you cry Is She up there watching from the sky? The Mill lane road is not what it ought The...

Poetry
Dec 23, 2023

BETHLEHEM

BETHLEHEM At an inconvenient time Mary travelled to Bethlehem And, on arrival, found no room – Only a stable in which to Stay. But the animals, used to Seeing birth, warmed the cold air with Their rhythmic breath, gave her hay to Lie on, their manger in which to...

Poetry
Nov 22, 2023

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A word from our late patron

“Through my own experiences in talking with the boys and girls about their thoughts on war and how they felt about going into action many would just shrug; “it’s what we are trained to do” they would say. For most their thoughts are so personal, and even for the most articulate often difficult to put into words without aggrandizement. Yet through poetry they express themselves with absolute clarity, deep feeling and simplicity. I only have to read the poem “In Flanders Field” by Lt Col John McCrae or Kipling’s “Tommy” to fully appreciate and be thankful for the beauty of FLOW. To see this tradition still flourishing in the fertile minds of today’s young men and women of our armed forces is gratifying and humbling. They leave us such a precious legacy which is matched by their courage, honour and duty. We must never forget them.”

Dame Vera Lynn
Our Patron

%

of people exposed to mass violence have been shown to develop PTSD

Million Adults are diagnosed with PTSD during a given year

Women are 2x more likely to suffer from PTSD than men