Their stories marked in puckered land
That bore the brunt of broken shells.
We’ll never let them slip away
For if we do, we’re on a downward road
To hellish worlds where history repeats
And death and sadness take their front row seats.
I drew this picture a couple of years ago and I’ve only ever shared it on my personal facebook page. So I thought that I would put it up today as it gives me the feels, so I hope it has the same effect on a few others.
I didn’t really appreciate what these people gave while I was growing up. It was such a distant idea, that teenagers could be putting their lives in danger to protect their country.
But then I went to the Belgian war graves and memorials and my whole world felt as thought it had been shaken up. I was sixteen and it was November. I remember going to Tyne Cot War Cemetery and the silence just hitting us like a solid wall.
We all left the warmth of the coach where there was laughter between friends and stepped out into the cold cemetery and it was like entering a different world.
Just as I started to walk through the graves, the snow started to fall and I could feel myself swelling with all of the emotions a person of that age could feel. There was fear and sadness on the one hand, but also thankfulness and pride on the other. It was a very strange feeling while also being so young.
I hope that the future generations also take the time to go and learn this history because the worst thing that could happen would be for the stories to be forgotten. That is when the same mistakes are made again, and that is what we all should fear.
5 thoughts on “lest we forget”
It is good that we remember this. It might shift opinion and thoughts on what we are “suffering” for the sake of ridding the world of covid-itis
Yep, we have had a horrible year but this puts lots of it in perspective.
It is a terrific picture, the poppies, her thoughtful expression. The first line is fantastic–about the “puckered land.” You’re right, so many who fought were teens, which means so many who died were teens. And that was it for mortal life and mortal opportunity for them. We should think on all this, seal it in our minds, and remember.
I just think of the teenage boys that I see in 2020 and I wonder where we would be if this were to happen again. It’s awful that anyone so young was put in such a situation.