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2010-09-02 11:04 pm
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Valerie - Andrew Jamison

You'd been asleep and missed the tea and coffee cart.
Through the carriage it was all sunlight and quiet

(I'd been rubbing the sleep out of my eyes)
as both of us missed the minutes silence

that Sunday morning. Glasgow to Edinburgh.
And you were wearing what I took for a pashmina:

breathtaking, while wreaths were laid round cenotaphs
at Passchendaele, Marseilles, Nice, Nantes, Ypres.
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2010-09-02 10:54 pm
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Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen

What passing bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.