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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Lest we forget - A Bridge, a Poem and links - Remembrance Day 2010.

Just a quick post to honour those who have fallen in the wars. I thought I'd share a photo of the Storey Bridge (William Jolly Bridge) in Brisbane, which is alight with poppies on Remembrance Day (er, night.)


A lovely display to honour the fallen.


And here's another...



And my favourite Remembrance Day poem -

Break of Day in the Trenches




The darkness crumbles away
It is the same old druid Time as ever,
Only a live thing leaps my hand,
A queer sardonic rat,
As I pull the parapet's poppy
To stick behind my ear.
Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew
Your cosmopolitan sympathies,
Now you have touched this English hand
You will do the same to a German
Soon, no doubt, if it be your pleasure
To cross the sleeping green between.
It seems you inwardly grin as you pass
Strong eyes, fine limbs, haughty athletes,
Less chanced than you for life,
Bonds to the whims of murder,
Sprawled in the bowels of the earth,
The torn fields of France.
What do you see in our eyes
At the shrieking iron and flame
Hurled through still heavens?
What quaver -what heart aghast?
Poppies whose roots are in men's veins
Drop, and are ever dropping;
But mine in my ear is safe,
Just a little white with the dust.

by
Isaac Rosenberg1890-1918, written in 1916

Another Remembrance Day post here - Genie
And here - Donna
And here - Sciencemuller
And here - Fragile mouse
And here - cheekyness
And here - clark
And here - Abby
And here - tinalynnsandoval
And here - Elspeth
And here - Simon
And here - Jan
And here - The Literary Project

There's probably heaps more. Let me know. Next year we'll have to have a Vereran's Blogfest.


17 comments:

  1. That is lovely! What a nice display!

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  2. Wow, what a bridge! Loved the poem. :) Write on my friend, NaNo. :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  3. That is lovely. And thanks for sharing the poem-- I had never read that one!

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  4. The poem is beautiful.

    And that bridge is insanely awesome.

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  5. Megan: Isn't it!

    Jules: Glad you liked both. Write on U 2!

    Su: It's a great poem, isn't it?

    Melissa: I love it..:)

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  6. Gorgeous.

    Such a beautiful poem too.

    ........dhole

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  7. I followed Donna's post over to you. This was lovely. Thank you for posting. The photos--the imagery--and the poem, which was new for me. We will remember.

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  8. Just Another Sarah: Thank you. We will remember..:)

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  9. Fab photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you liked the poem.

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  10. That bridge is magnificent, what a tribute. Great poem, not read that before.

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  11. I love poetry. This one is superb! Thanks for sharing it. And the photographs are stunning, both poem and photos wonderful memorials to those who have fallen in an effort to make our world a safer place.
    Ann

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  12. Such a lovely poem, thanks for sharing! And I love those pictures of the poppy bridge. ;)

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  13. this is so completely awesome. i love it. i hope they keep it like that for a while.

    on another note - i LOVE coming to your blog - just has an awesome vibe to it. looks really good.

    x

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  14. kangaroobee: Thanks, I love it..:)

    Ann: Thanks. Isn't it a great poem and bridge..:)

    Talei: Glad you like both..:)

    Nomes; Thanks on all counts. Just when I was getting bored of my blog look. I was going to look for Summer (as this is a Spring flavour.) I like it. I love coming to your blog too. Much more sophisticated than mine..:)

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  15. Hi,

    Lovely images and beautiful poem!

    A very poignant time of the year.

    best
    F

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