Monday, June 02, 2008

For Those Who Have Passed On

Something I have pondered on:

Move him into the sun--
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds,--
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved-- still warm,-- too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
-- O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?

Futility, Wilfred Owen

Which led me to this quote...

“We’re not making a sacrifice.
Jesus, you’ve seen this war.
We are the sacrifice.”

- Ulster regiment, marching towards the Somme (from here)

Sad but true.

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