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


The Dawn

The Dawn July twenty seventh two thousand and nine A mammogram check, well worth the time I wait in the car so I don’t have to pay Then Debs made that call on her mobile to say I might have the cancer, (I heard her voice shake) The seconds took minutes, please let...

Jul 12, 2024

P T S D 1

P T S D 1 Remember, too, those military men With memories buried deep Lifelong scars within their soul Interrupting them when they sleep The horrors of the battlefield The screams of the wounded and the smell With destruction all around them These things they...

Apr 23, 2024


His voice cut the air like a sharp knife in the stuffy classroom that warm summer day in 1948. ‘Who can name me a famous battle?’ An arm shot up in the second row desk, the boy waving his hand for added effect. ‘Yes boy, what’s your name?’ commanded the teacher...

Mar 16, 2024


THE VIRGIN PILOT - by Will Roe 24th February 2024 The first light of dawn had barely lit the sky over the airfield on that August morning when the orders to scramble broke the reveries, personal dreams and crafty cigarettes of the pilots stationed at the RAF base....

Feb 27, 2024


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...

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...

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...

Jan 21, 2024


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...

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...

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...

Jan 19, 2024

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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