World War One Poetry – Day Thirty

First World War Centenary

On the 11th November 2018, we reach the centenary year of World War One.

100 years since the end of conflict.

“On the centenary of the Armistice we will give thanks for peace and for those that returned, and remember the sacrifice of the 800,000 soldiers who died”

Below is a copy of Edgell Rickword, War and Peace – this is the 30th World War One Poem I have published on my home-page in remembrance of our upcoming Centenary celebrations.

This poem also concludes my 30 day challenge. This last month at 11:00 a.m. each morning I have been publishing on my website and Facebook page 30 of my favourite verses from the Great War. Today is Friday 9th November 2018 and in two days time on the 11th November we will take a moment of reflection and remember that 100 years to that day World War One finally ended.

Lest We Forget

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War and Peace

By Edgell Rickword 
In sodden trenches I have heard men speak,
Though numb and wretched, wise and witty things;
And loved them for the stubbornness that clings
Longest to laughter when Death’s pulleys creak;
And seeing cool nurses move on tireless feet
To do abominable things with grace,
Deemed them sweet sisters in that haunted place
Where, with child’s voices, strong men howl or bleat.
Yet now those men lay stubborn courage by,
Riding dull-eyed and silent in the train
To old men’s stools; or sell gay-coloured socks
And listen fearfully for Death; so I
Love the low-laughing girls, who now again
Go daintily, in thin and flowery frocks.

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