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Monday, November 10, 2014

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
A dead poet lies,
having written a single great poem,
only to see his life snuffed out
and his dream made a lie.
He who pleaded for us to listen to his dream, cannot sleep
Even now he's kept awake by nightmare screams
We live in a world where no one listened
To a lonely dying poet on Flanders Fields.
Every generation betraying the dreams,
of those who die in our service.

Jeff Carlson wrote:



"It Becomes Official:

"In 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars made the poppy the official memorial flower to represent United States veterans"

Red Poppies Today:

"Red poppies are still worn on Veterans Day, and money is still collected to assist veterans returning from war and to aid their families. So, on the next Veteran’s Day, don’t forget to wear your red poppy in honor of all those who have served."
Note -- on every Sunday's talk to Republican Shows, every single one say we NEED WAR and killing and do it NOW. They sure want to Profit from Killing because WAR is never the correct thing."
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

On May 2, 1915, John McCrae’s close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell.

That evening, in the absence of a Chaplain, John McCrae recited from memory a few passages from the Church of England’s

“Order of the Burial of the Dead”.

"For security reasons Helmer’s burial in Essex Farm Cemetery was performed in complete darkness."

"The next day, May 3, 1915, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail. McCrae was sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the YserCanal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium."

As John McCrae was writing his In Flanders Fields poem, Allinson silently watched and later recalled,

“His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer's grave."

Within moments, John McCrae had completed the “In Flanders Fields” poem and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

"Allinson was deeply moved:

“The (Flanders Fields) poem was an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene."

Jeff 2014

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