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Monday, July 4, 2011

In Flanders Field

 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. Shot days ago.
we lived, we 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.

Click here to read the story behind this beautiful, simple poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae M.D. (1872-1918) Canadian Army

Please make sure to read both of my 4th of July posts I put up. Also check the Box Tops for School post so you may help those devastated by flooding in Minot, ND. They are in dire need of these to rebuild their schools, six which were lost in the flooding.
Thanks to all who have read it and are sending their box tops to North Dakota.


NanaDiana said...

I have always, always loved that poem. I don't know many times my father read that to me when I was young. I never knew the story behind it though. Great post- xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Ann- When I popped in to read the background story it said that page couldn't be found...thought you would like to know. However, it could be because I am at work and it won't let me open it! xo Diana

racheld said...


I SO thank you for joining LAWN TEA, and for all the sweet words. I just kept scrolling down, and there you were again!! How very complimentary and gratifying that you read on and on.

Somehow, a new follower appeared yesterday, after a long spell of nobody, and I thought it was because my Follower spot had disappeared. I haven't been able to see my own for more than a month, and now I CANNOT SEE YOURS!

I'm so sorry, I'd be right in your group, for I love what I've read so far.

Thanks again for coming by and for commenting.


Jeanne said...

Hello dear Anne, Thank you for your sweet comments. We are just home from Maine and NOW it is 'Grandkids Week'..Our life is filled with fun, laughter, and lots of cooking and MAJOR chaos. Just the way we like it! Smile.
I read your recent post including the box tops project for ND. I'm in.

I enjoyed both of your poems and your 4th of July post as well. I see you are visiting Lawn Tea. I love Rachel's posts as well. she is a terrific writer.

Blessings xo, Jeanne

Intense Guy said...

WWI had so many senseless deaths... even the living people thought they were dead - just waiting for the "shoe to drop".

I wonder if we learned anything from this...

the wild raspberry said...

Anne! These are two of my favorite "war" poems! We live near KC and have gone to the fantastic WW1 museum at Liberty Memorial. They have a beautiful replica of Flander's Field there. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pieces of work. And thank you for your encouragement. Love to you. Debbie

Jilly said...

I read the story behind this beautiful, it is very simple poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae M.D. (1872-1918) Canadian Army. very meaningful.
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