WRITTEN one evening at boarding school, Lottie Butterworth (14) sent this poem to her dad who has been away on an eight-month tour in Afghanistan. It was inspired by the dandelion, the flower of military children. We love to receive stories, poems, artwork and photos from Army youngsters. If you’d like to share something about your military life with us, email editor@aff.org.uk or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @ArmyandYou


We go where we are told

No question we ask

We just go.

Life is a surprise for us,

We never know

What is around the next corner.

We put our roots down

Wherever our home may be.

We flourish and

Make friends in

Cultures new.

We are tough,

We are loving,

We are the offspring

of the military.

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