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In Flanders Fields

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Otto, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Otto

    Otto No More Half Measures Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Over ten years ago, as a young Canadian going to college in the US, I was inspired by this poem for start this very website. After a search I was surprised to see that this famous poem was not anywhere on these forums, so here it is for all to see. To this day it is the only poem I can recite from memory without fail:

    In Flanders Fields :poppy::poppy::poppy:
    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow (blow = bloom)
    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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    This is the Field of Remembrance at Ypres, close to where John McCrae wrote the poem, on 11th November last year.

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    And this is McCrae's grave at Boulogne.

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