…and in the morning, we will remember them.

Lights Out - 4th August 2014

The poppy fields as described by the ‘War Poets’ are a poignant reminder to me of the lives that were lost in both World War One and World War Two and also the lives lost in more recent wars.

Poppies to me are a simile of the lives that were lost. They are vibrant, standing strong and bold yet fragile and defeated by a heavy downfall or a spring breeze. They remind me of the fragility of peace and freedom and how easily our freedom can be lost.

Reflection on World War One (and the more recent World War Two) serve as a reminder of what might have been if the outcome of those wars had been different…

Poppy Fields

In Flanders Fields

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.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

10 Comments CherryPie on Nov 11th 2017

10 Responses to “At the Going Down of the Sun…”

  1. Claude says:

    We will remember them.

  2. Hels says:

    I remember the solemn significance of Remembrance Day every year at primary school, especially the poppies and the minute’s silence at assembly. But that was straight after WW2, and I wasn’t sure if the day has the same pull now. Do young people still commemorate the day?

    • CherryPie says:

      As I was driving home from the supermarket yesterday I was caught up with the pupils leaving the nearby schools. I was struck with how many of the pupils were wearing poppies.

  3. James Higham says:

    Can only vigorously underscore your comments, Cherie.

  4. Adam says:

    Looks very nice.