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the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

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was yesterday...

But we are observing Veteran's Day today here in the US.

Like last year, here's picture of new memorial to Wilfrid Owens: the old farm house where he spent the night before he died in the battle of the Sambre-Oise Canal, Nov.4, 1918, one of the last actions of the war, has been transformed into a memorial to his poetry:



article here

And two 2012 poems by Kevin Powers:

"Death, Mother and Child" and "After Leaving Maguire Veteran's Hospital for the Last Time"
  • both poems are chilling -
    and beautiful,
    thanks so much for sharing.
    • You're welcome--glad you enjoyed them! (I recommend Powers's novel, too)

      I think last year I posted an Owens poem, but I was happy to find poetry/writers coming out of our most recent war too (well, not happy exactly, but you know what I mean).
      • I do know what you mean.
        I'm in awe of soldiers who can find the words...
        God bless them.
        • Exactly. In awe, and so grateful to them for trying to communicate the experience for those of us who haven't been there.
  • That's just a gorgeous installation. Is it your photo? Did you get to see it personally? Because I can only imagine what it'd be like to stand in the centre of those inscribed and projected words.
    • No, not my photo (it's part of the linked article) and I've never been there. I would really like to visit the battlefields in Northern France someday, though, morbid as that seems--and I'm impressed they've made such a beautiful site out of what was such a tragic event.
      • I've seen photographs of the poppy fields in bloom - I think that's something that would be incredible to see.
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