A Word On The Day

Monday, May 31, 2010

~ In Flanders Fields ~

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

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.


9 bolts from the blue:

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

This is one of my favorites.

I learned the history of the poppy and this poem as well as its 'brother' poem. Wonderful choice on a day where memory is so important.

I hope your travels are going well - we all wish you safety and comfort on your journey.

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Donna Hole said...

Beautiful. I expected nothing less from a military man.

Good luck with the rest of your trip.


Susan Fields said...

What a perfect post for today - thanks for sharing that.

Postman said...

Golly - can't believe I've never heard of this McCrae character before. Some wordsmith. Thanks for putting that up.

Liza said...

A veteran reads this poem every year at our town's Memorial Day rememberence. It chokes me up each time.

Lola Sharp said...


Jon Paul said...

Courtney--I'm not familiar with the "brother" poem. Do tell...


Susan--You're welcome.

Postie--Sure thing. There's a very interesting story about the writing of the poem if you do some snooping around the intertubes.

Liza--Yeah, it gets me too--especially after my time in Iraq.


Thank you all friends for stopping by and commenting.

Portia said...

So beautiful, so sad ...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing.

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