In Flander’s Fields

I forgot to blog about the fourth week of #PoetrySummer.

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.

I memorized this for two reasons. First, if I ever get around to playing my copy of Paths of Glory, I’ll need a poem that I can quote to throw my opponent off his groove.

The second, is you realize what is in that last stanza, right? “If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep.”

Sounds like a zombie apocalypse to me. And who doesn’t like a good zombie apocalypse?

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One Response to In Flander’s Fields

  1. Stephanie Humphreys says:

    Okay, I've been reciting this poem every Canadian Remembrance Day since grade school, but I will never think of it the same way again. Zombie apocalypse! I'm trying to decide whether to tell my kids this one or if it would just make them break out in giggles next November during what should be a somber occasion.

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