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In Flanders' fields, the poppies blow,
and we who walk among them know
that here men fought, and bravely died
with equal courage, side by side;
the lark has overcome the crow.

We touch the Dead in memory
embrace them through the century.
The earth enshrines their valiant hearts
in Flanders' fields.

The torch has guttered years ago;
the enemy has been laid low.
And though your names should slowly fade,
your blood a better world has made.
Rest you now where the poppies grow
in Flanders' fields.
Wear a poppy over your heart, and never forget.
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doughboycafe Nov 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.
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QuiEstInLiteris Nov 20, 2013  Professional Writer
<3 Thanks. Thank you for featuring it.
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auntypsychotic Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
i thought i recognized the first line. you have done an excellent job of - continuing? sequelizing? updating? modernizing? repurposing? - Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's poem with your own insights into war and why some men and women must fight. it breaks my heart, thank you too.
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auntypsychotic Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
lovely. and to those you memorialize:

thank you, my brothers-in-arms, thank you.
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Jays-KaleidoQuasar Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Marvelous verses. I loved this poem. :trophy:
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AmethystPhotographer Nov 9, 2012
I'm embarrassed.....but I am unsure what you are referencing/honoring. :ashamed:
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reflectionsinwater Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This refers to WWI. The trenches in Flanders (Belguim) where a good deal of trench warfare was fought, became a field of poppies after some time, and now it has come to mean a symbol of lost or rememberance? to those who served, although now, during Veterans Day, its used universally to commemorate all who have served abroad in war, who have perished, or are still serving today.
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AmethystPhotographer Nov 10, 2012
Ah :salute:
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nightshade-keyblade Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, not everyone shares that sentiment.
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