Sunday, November 11, 2012

Magpie 143

 Verdun, 1917 by Felix Vallotton



we remember them with
parades and poppies
brave men and women
who gave their lives
for our freedom
in the worst of conditions
muddy and mucked
scorched and parched
they fought 
for our freedom
we celebrate them with
twenty-one gun salutes
old glory and poppy wreaths
war the court of last resort
for our freedom 




25 comments:

  1. A simple, direct reminder of what it's about. Sadly, it's easy to turn our heads away from the sacrifice of those lost and those injured. Is your header intentionally referencing the stage version of War Horse?

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  2. the court of last resort for our freedom...nice close...and nice call for rememberence as well...brutal wars of like that i hope we never see again...i hope we can turn our hearts to peace...

    remembering today...

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  3. wonderful tribute Helen- especially the last two lines and the pairing of poppies with the painting is stellar.

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  4. Thoughtful and compassionate. "Court of last resort" indeed.

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  5. Love it :) It really makes me thankful for what we have; our country and people to represent it with their lives.

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  6. THIS is an honor... I love the ending!

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  7. Through rememberance that we might learn. But alas each generation has to re-prove themselves. Why????
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  8. Wonderful comment by del.

    twenty-one gun salutes
    old glory and poppy wreaths

    Sounds like a country song. Much of what you write I can imagine being put to a song :)

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  9. This is a beautiful tribute ... loved it !!!

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  10. "Between the poppies, row on row..."

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  11. Full of true heart! We remember..do we learn?

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  12. Yes, nice closing. Like what you did with the images as well. Glad you focused on our celebrating their sacrifice. Thank you.

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  13. Beautiful tribute! Wish me old da could have been here to read it!

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  14. A gorgeous tribute, Helen. Just beautiful.

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  15. Simple and meaningful. I really liked it, Helen.

    =)

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  16. A heartfelt message. Nicely done Helen.

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  17. I like this very much. Straight forward and unadorned as perhaps it should be. Well done.

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  18. Wonderful tribute to the heroes...

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  19. Beautifully captured - now, if we could just lynch the politicians who started the wars...

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  20. This is a beautiful tribute to those who fought for our freedom. I think many my father included, are probably spinning in their graves because of what is happening today.

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  21. A beautiful tribute to all veterans Helen!

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