REMEMBRANCE DAY-November 11, 2017

 

 

Think This of Me

Friends, I am no longer the careless lad

You knew so well in days of Peace.

War brings

Swift maturity and the selfish things

And thoughts are mine no more. In-

stead there rings

A nobler sense within and I am glad

That it is so.  For two years I have had

The company of heroes, purple clad,

Baited like eagles and prouder than

Kings.

 

                       

 

Lest We Forget

                    Death

There, where poppies bloom, and fields

      are scarred

With unknown heroes' graves, remorse-

      less, numb,

And swifter than the lightning it may                                                                               

      come

From unknown depths where earthly

    Joys are barred,

Where Love is lost, the quickening pulse

    is still

And Death's rhythmical beat is audible,

Or in the trench where golden hearted

     Truth,

Clad in the panoply of grace and right,

Sublimely pours the sweet red wine of

     youth

A surf of blood upon the sea of Might.

 

 

                     

* These two poems were by Signaler Tom Skeyhill of the 8th Anzacs.  He served through the Gallipoli campaign, was twice wounded and finally blinded fighting the Turks.  He was Australian and known as "The Soldier Poet."  I found them in a scrapbook I have of newspaper clippings from 1916 to 1918.

 

                  

 

 

        In  Remembrance

 

THE VETERAN

 

Proud he dons the medals on his chest

For today he must look his best

His shoes are shined, his gloves gleam white

To stand in cold and early light.

 

How long ago - how far away-

The battle cry that brought this day-

They were many then - he remembers well

The brotherhood forged while in hell.

 

So few to stand and salute their dead,

So far from where the ground spread red.

The bugle calls, his heart beats fast

He stands not alone - but with the thousands

who have passed.

 

  Sonja Crawford, 2003

                                                                                 

 

        In  Remembrance

 

 

These Poems were also found in the same collection of newspaper clippings as the preceding poems.  The scrapbook is clippings from 1916 - 1918.

 

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