World War One Poetry – Day Twenty Four

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 Charles Sorley’s, To Germany – this is the 24th World War One Poem I have published on my home-page in remembrance of our upcoming Centenary celebrations.

As some of you may know, I have been working on a 30 day challenge – a showcase of my favourite war poems, these I have been publishing online at 11:00 a.m. each morning to coincide with the 11th hour of the 11th day and 11th month.

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To Germany

by Charles Hamilton Sorley

You are blind like us. Your hurt no man designed,
And no man claimed the conquest of your land.
But gropers both through fields of thought confined
We stumble and we do not understand.
You only saw your future bigly planned,
And we, the tapering paths of our own mind,
And in each others dearest ways we stand,
And hiss and hate. And the blind fight the blind.

When it is peace, then we may view again
With new won eyes each other’s truer form
And wonder. Grown more loving kind and warm
We’ll grasp firm hands and laugh at the old pain,
When it is peace. But until peace, the storm,
The darkness and the thunder and the rain.

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