Armistice Day- 100 Years Later

November 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm (Commentary, Geopolitics and International Relations, History, News, Poetry) (, , , , , , )

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
The guns fell silent on the Western Front
stillness now reigned where fury once raged
The ground soaked with men’s blood
who had struggled to take a piece of ground
and then covered over
with the blood of men from the other side
who struggled to take it back
and so on and so forth
back and forth a piece of ground would change hands
and the exchange was always paid in blood
And Death made his cocktail out of libations of blood
from both sides
And served a buffet of flesh and bone
from both sides
to the worms of the earth.

And now that was over
The roaring thunder of guns
now replaced by the silence of the dead
In the distance a piper pipes a lament
for those who will never again see the fairness of the land
from which they came
or the love in the eyes of those loved ones they left

In the distance a skylark cries
and the wind blows across fields
which had four years of seeding
from munitions and guns

And the harvest would be civil war in Russia
Civil strife and labour unrest when those who survived the war
returned to their homelands in what was a hard and bitter peace
A demagogue taking power in Germany
who would plant seeds of destruction and hate
that would last far into this century
on this the 100th Anniversary of the end of that 1st World War

Remembering that time 100 years ago
when the guns fell silent on the Western front
2 minutes of silence paid for those who gave their lives in that war
2 minutes of silence for those who went through 4 years of Hell
2 minutes of silence for those who lie in graves
And whose only voice is now that of the cold November winds
blowing across the desolate landscape
perhaps searching for that elusive peace
that was supposed to come
with the end of the war to end all wars.

-A poem written by Christopher
Sunday November 11th 2018.

14 Comments

  1. Tanya said,

    Beautifully penned, vivid and so poignant! Made me sad thinking of fallen soldiers!

  2. David Redpath said,

    Yes, the Treaty of Versailles

  3. David Redpath said,

    … planted the seeds of wrath
    that would blossom in the
    bloodshed of World War II.

  4. David Redpath said,

    And your poem conveys
    amply the sheer folly and
    futility of this family squabble
    of Empires.

  5. GP Cox said,

  6. Jennifer Vasquez said,

    Beautiful poem. My grandfather fought in WWII and the strength he had to survive it still astounds and inspires me today.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, what those veterans went through both during the war and afterwards is astounding.

      Their battles did not really end with the ends of the wars they served in.

      Nightmares and traumatic memories they continue to deal with.

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