Monday, April 2, 2012

Flanders Fields where the Poppies Blow

When I was a child many years ago I heard someone recite this poem written by a Lieutenant Colonel who was also a medical doctor in the Canadian military. It had such a profound effect on me that I never forgot it and every time I see poppies growing it takes me back to earlier times.

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.

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