Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wish I had a poppy



My paternal grandfather served in both Big Wars, my maternal great-grandfather served in a mounted regiment in the 1st, and in the Home Guard in the Second. My mother's father was in the US airforce.

You can't get them here, but if I could I'd be wearing one today too.

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.


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