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In World War One a tiny ray of light was kindled one bleak cold and wintry night. On Christmas Eve amidst the throes of war the blast of battle bruised the earth no more and carols filled the air on either side as harmony abridged the great divide. A perfect peace pervaded no man’s land whilst conflict ceased and men met hand to hand. Such unity if only for one day caused bitterness and hate to melt away. There in the fearful trenches hearts would smile and be at peace if only for a while. Oh may the sinful heart of man break free from selfish gain and war's futility. 20.01.21 The Christmas truce was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of the First World War around Christmas 1914.

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Date: 4/26/2021 11:51:00 PM
Lovely poem Wendy and congratulations on your win in Brian's contest. I think that it was one of these ceasefires Paul McCartney was alluding to with his song "The Pipes Of Peace"
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Date: 1/26/2021 7:41:00 PM
We need on eternal Christmas truce! Congratulations, Wendy!
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Date: 1/24/2021 12:46:00 PM
Congratulations Wendy. You got to the very core of Unity. Great job. Joyce
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Date: 1/23/2021 8:27:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Wendy!
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/31/2021 2:39:00 PM
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment,Mark.
Date: 1/23/2021 11:54:00 AM
- Congratulations on your great win in the Carolyn Devonshire contest, Wendy :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/31/2021 2:39:00 PM
Thanks so much, Anne-Lise.
Date: 1/23/2021 3:27:00 AM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for this, especially these lines: "Oh may the sinful heart of man break free from selfish gain and war's futility." God bless you.
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/31/2021 2:38:00 PM
That's kind of you. Thank you for your continual encouragement, Beata.
Date: 1/22/2021 5:50:00 AM
Congrats on a lovely poem and a well reserved win! I remember seeing the movie! how sad hatred was duty and being human brought unity!! The world needs more of this!!
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/22/2021 5:55:00 AM
Thank you for your encouraging comment,Krish. I much appreciate your comment and will now lool up the film which both you and Carolyn have alluded to.
Date: 1/22/2021 4:29:00 AM
Wendy, there is a movie sometimes shown around Christmas starring Linda Hamilton called "Silent Night." It shows how such a truce brought German and American soldiers together for one night without violence. I wish this could be done all the time so "bitterness and hate" would disappear. Congrats on a great second place win! Hugs, Carolyn
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/22/2021 5:23:00 AM
Oh how interesting, Carolyn, I shall be googling that shortly then. Thank you so much for placing my poem and the time you have taken to carefully read and assess each poem.
Date: 1/21/2021 2:08:00 PM
Oh my goodness, I teared up reading this. This should be published. This seems so timely. And timeless.
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/22/2021 12:55:00 AM
Eric, I so appreciate your generous comments. Such poignancy that as Rico commented, it was back to the torment of having to answer the traumatic 'call of duty' thereafter.
Date: 1/20/2021 10:40:00 AM
And then mustard gas silently filled the air ! Aloha! Rico
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Wendy Watson
Date: 1/20/2021 11:41:00 AM
Yes, it's sad that it was just a temporary unity. Thanks for reading,Rico.