"So tell me, what is it that you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?"
--Mary Oliver

Saturday, May 27, 2006

in flanders fields

American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach
Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Over 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives in WWII are buried here


In Flanders Fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amidst the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We loved, 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.
--Maj. John McCrae, spring 1915

1 comment:

Emilie said...

I have always loved this poem. I know it has special meaning for you, too.