Poppies, autumn leaves and the fallen

November 11, 2007 at 3:22 am | Posted in 11 November, 11-11-11, Pause to Remember, Podcast, Poem, Poetry, Poppy Day, Remembrance Day, Royal British Legion, Veterans Day, WWI, WWII | Leave a comment

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Dead leaves represent poppies on Remembrance Sunday

It’s like every leaf is a person who died in the First World War. They are all souls. Just like poppies. Every leaf which falls down from a tree is like a soldier’s death in war.

… said Sam (aged 7) while walking along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park on Remembrance Sunday, 2005. We watched the Remembrance Day parade along High Street, and saw the leaves blow over row on row of grass, and this is the poem that came to his mind:

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

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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