November 9, 2008

 

Lest We Forget

 

they must not be forgotten

these whose blood

 

whose tears

 

purchase our joys

who carry to their grave, honour

 

courage

valour

duty

 

horror

 

beyond imagining

whose lives have paid and pay again

so high a cost for what should not have been

 

they must not be forgotten

these who live and die for other's gain,

for whom a stranger’s life

has more value than their own

 

we owe no honour lower

than endless praise

 

we owe no memory shorter

than eternity

 

lest we forget

and call from life again

these whose lives have borne our cost

 

This was set in motion by two things:

 

- My undying gratitude to those who bought (and buy) my freedom

- Paul Gross' film "Paschendaele" which itself is based on memories

of his grandfather of the horrors of World War I

 

We can not, ever, hold these men and women in high enough honour