Remembrance Day 2015: Lest We Forget

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow (original hand-written manuscript uses the word “grow”)
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.

Written May 3, 1915 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, WWI.

On April 22, 1915, the Germans attacked the Canadian position with chlorine gas, one of the first chemical attacks in the history of war. (Wikipedia)

 

Upper body of a man in a soldier's uniform. He has short dark hair parted in the middle and maintains a neutral expression.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was a [Canadian] soldier, physician and poet.

Died of illness in France, 1918. Flanders Fields and Other Poems, published in 1919.

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3 thoughts on “Remembrance Day 2015: Lest We Forget

  1. J Lapis November 11, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    Such a fine Remembrance Day tribute, Phylor. I’m still trying to work out my Veterans Day poem…

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    • tale weaver/ing November 12, 2015 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my Remembrance/Veteran’s Day post.
      I thought your post was incredible, with the flag a perfect linking symbol.

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      • J Lapis November 12, 2015 / 5:21 pm

        You’re so welcome, Phylor–and thank you for your thoughts on mine.

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