Remembrance 2013

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.
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November 11, 2013

Sunlit Poppy by Brian Smithson

Sunlit Poppy by Brian Smithson

Anthem for Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen

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 good-byes.
      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.

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  1. Natalie Luhrs

    @Miss Bates: That’s why I embedded it in the post. 😀 Merrian linked it in last year’s post and yes, so moving.

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