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In Flanders Fields, by Dirk Lemmens, 1959

Blood masks the lea, the blasted loam
upon whose breasts soldiers came home.
The earth, herself, held each to chest
the mist of sky killed with each breath
as ruined green became their tomb.
 
Men strafed by shells and gassed by fume:
cast akimbo, blown to their doom
entrenched, barb fenced; death coalesced;
blood masks the lea.
 
Eight million French, their valor shown;
most shy twenty lay beneath stone:
Russians, Brits, Italians, Yanks, rest
thirty seven million, our best
slaughtered and listed in old tomes; 
blood masks the lea.
 

An Ekphrastic done as a French Rondeau 
after:Flanders Fields by John McCrae

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 2/19/2016 8:08:00 AM
Excellent... moving!!!
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Date: 2/18/2016 11:44:00 AM
Flanders Fields , I've read a great many times. Your poem, its descriptive messages strikes in my heart as I am a big history buff myself. WW1 and WW2 both I have studied deeply for decades now, as have I the war poetry from both wars. Adding this gem to my fav list..
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Date: 1/6/2016 9:49:00 AM
An excellent write, Debbie. T.J
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Date: 1/6/2016 8:18:00 AM
I've read Flanders Fields a few times before and it never failed to render me sad and think over the cruelty and futility of war. The repetition reinforces the timbre of this truth. Same emotion I got here, Deb. PS. About the other thing, your reply gave me a chuckle :-) hugs!
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/6/2016 8:19:00 AM
smooch!
Date: 1/5/2016 11:38:00 AM
:) SKAT
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Date: 1/5/2016 11:06:00 AM
Very confident personification, with intense narration no less. (Not sure but it sounds like WW1,) Nice descriptive piece, Debbie.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/5/2016 11:58:00 AM
Yup WWI Thanks Michael!