Friday, November 11, 2005

remembrance

peace poppy
remembrance poppy

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Wilfred Owen
September - October, 1917

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nemeton:

Your philosophical approach has earned you this title: You are the undisputed queen-of-the-web! Flower Power has a new meaning (wink).

Yvonne said...

Why thank you Anonymous :)