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Nov 11 2014

Remembered, Never Forgotten

It is the tradition here on the Tale for there to be a moment to remember on the 11th of November those that have given their all. This year the day is more to the fore because of the events that occurred on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

There is an image, one that has been seen far and wide that brought this work into my thoughts… It might not say enough, but it says something at least…

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Remembered, Never Forgotten
By TeraS

 

 

The place is quiet, still, calm.

Two dogs wait in silence together.

They lay upon the path he walked.

Turned to watch, anticipation in their eyes.

The day arrives, his return expected.

A return never to be, they not knowing this.

But they wait, watch, remember.

 

The place is quiet, still, calm.

A family gathers in silence together.

They stand by the fresh grave where he lays.

Turned to grieve, memories in their eyes.

The day is too soon, too unexpected.

A return never to be, they still not accepting this.

But they wait, honour, remember.

 

The place is quiet, still, calm.

A nation gathers in silence together.

They stand by the monument where he stood.

Turned to honour, promise in their eyes.

The day is more powerful, meaningful.

A return never to be, they still not understanding this.

But they wait, pause, remember.

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  1. avatar
    David Gosnell

    Moving.

  2. avatar
    James

    It says everything you needed to say, today. It expresses the inexpressible hope and respect and sorrow and pride in the depth of your soul. Thank you for sharing all of that.

  3. avatar
    Elliot

    A beautiful poem, Dearest… and speaking as a descendant of soldiers, I have my own sentiments attached to this day.

    While I of course offer my heartfelt and inherited respect to those who stepped forward to serve, and in too many cases gave all they had in doing so… I find myself reflecting with a humbled melancholy upon the founding reasons this day came to have the significance it does… and the reality that even a century later, the world is still living with and trying to reconcile the consequences of not only the Great War, but of the Treaty of Versailles.

    There is a Canadian-produced “docu-drama” called Paris 1919 that I am often compelled to view on this day… and this year, on the centennial of the Great War, the viewing of it feels especially sobering.

    It is my profound hope that in the following century, the countries of the world as a whole will have learned, understood, and grown even more than they have up to this point… and that the dream of a world peace may in time become closer to being made reality. I feel the world owes it to those who made such sacrifices to try its best to achieve this.

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    Legion

    A beautiful piece that speaks to the heart of remembering all the lost and all the painful sacrifices made. Am with James, thank you for sharing… you outdid yourself My Queen.

  5. avatar
    TeraS

    Thank you both… Isn’t said enough…

    Tera

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