Thursday, 11 November 2010

Remember


In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae 
May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



Poppies grown by our neighbour faithfully every year, a returned Vietnam veteran.
Remember those who have served in the past and those who are currently serving and protecting our shores now.

5 comments:

Caroline said...

"Lest we Forget"

Lisha said...

Amen

Out Back said...

Beautiful post...

Carli said...

what a display, how touching.

Neil and Gabby said...

One of my favourites is a Wilfred Owen poem that expresses the sad waste of war: Futility.

Move him into the sun -
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds, -
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved, - still warm, - too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
- O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?