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Originally published: 20th November 2019

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "STRAND ANY FORM ANY THEME" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Brian Strand's "ALL YOURS" (April 6) Poetry Contest.

The inspiration for this poem came from reading Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' and visiting 'Bekonscot' - The UK's oldest model village.


I There is a corner in this field Where all trains run on time, And cricket's played on village greens As the dulcet church bells chime. There is a corner in this field Where people stop to talk And 'the suns of home' shine every day On the paths where poets walk. There is a corner in this field Where homes have open doors And soldiers stand in neat straight lines In a world that has no wars. There is a corner in this field Where farmers till their lands, And snowflakes fall at Christmas time On the brass of miners' bands. II There was a corner in this field Where heroes rich and poor, Took up their arms and won the fight. - But lost what went before.

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Date: 4/9/2021 12:21:00 AM
Congrats on this winning work. I enjoyed reading it. I am not exactly sure if I understand your ending. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/9/2021 1:58:00 AM
Hi Sara! Thanks so much for the congrats. Part I of the poem borrows from Rupert Brooke's (rather naive in my opinion) poem 'The Soldier' - by painting a somewhat romanticised vision of pre war England in much the same way a model village I visited near Windsor UK did. Both present an idyll frozen in time that is 'Forever England'. In Part II I'm referring to the real physical, social and psychological impacts the wars had on people and their lives. For many, life after war would never be the same again.
Date: 1/18/2020 4:04:00 PM
Wonderfully written, Gary:-) Congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/18/2020 6:04:00 PM
Thank you Edward! :)
Date: 1/18/2020 2:34:00 PM
Gary congrats on your top win!;)
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/18/2020 2:48:00 PM
Thank you Brenda. I've just finished reading all the placed entries in Brian's competition. Congratulations to you too for your excellent poem about Helen of Troy.