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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Mindful Day



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.

John McCrae ... 1915

8 comments:

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

A day to remember and be grateful for all who have served - and those that continue to serve - so that we can enjoy peace and freedom. I hope you are all well!

NanaDiana said...

One of my very favorite poems. I can remember reading it as a child and crying....xo Diana

Lisa Greenbow said...

Very nice. We will never forget.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you girls for dropping by and commenting ... it is a tough day for military(current and retired) to get through ... it helps to have others feel the same way. Thank you !

Jennifer said...

It's amazing that this poem is a century old. We went into Toronto on Remembrance Day and hubby attended the ceremony at city hall. A mindful day indeed!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Jennifer girl ... what is even more amazing is that war still goes on and on ...nothing changes .. and that is truly sad.

Nadezda said...

This poem goes well to the cruel and merciless act that was in Paris on Nov13.
Pretty poppy, Joy!

outlawgardener said...

I am truly grateful to military families for the sacrifices they've made and continue to make but am equally disappointed with humankind that we haven't evolved past war. This is a beautiful tribute! One of my favorite poems.