Wednesday, April 21, 2004
NEWS OF THE WAR
"What in our lives is burnt
In the fire of this?
The heart's dear granary?
The much we shall miss?
Three lives hath one life--
Iron, honey, gold.
The gold, the honey gone--
Left is the hard and cold.
Iron are our lives
Molten right through our youth.
A burnt space through ripe fields,
A fair mouth's broken tooth."
--Isaac Rosenberg, August 1914
"The cherry trees bend over and are shedding
On the old road where all who passed are dead,
Their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding
This early May morn when there is none to wed."
--Edward Thomas, The Cherry Trees
"In twos and threes they have not far to roam
Crowds that thread eastward, gay of eyes;
Those seek no further than their quiet home,
Wives, walking westward, slow and wise.
Neither should I go fooling over clouds,
Following gleams unsafe, untrue,
And tiring after beauty through star-crowds,
Dared I go side by side with you;
Or be you in the gutter where you stand,
Pale rain-flawed phantom of the place,
With news of all the nations in your hand,
And all their sorrows in your face."
--Wilfred Owen, Six o'clock in Princes Street
image via Sisyphus Shrugged and Seattle Times
UPDATE: Read Hal Bernton's article in The Seattle Times, that reports how Tami Silicio and her husband were fired in reprisal for this photograph of flag-draped coffins. Link via Orcinus.