Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Again

Roadside poppies bloom
On this Memorial Day
As in Flanders fields...
Brief, fragile flowers. . .
Solemn tokens of all the
 Sons and daughters gone,
 
All this remembrance --
But when will we ever learn?
Will we ever learn?


and in Miss Yves' elegant French... 
                                                               Fleuris dans les champs
Coquelicots comme en Flandre
-Jour du Souvenir

(Ou)
Pavots du chemin
En ce jour du souvenir
Rouges comme en Flandre

Coquelicots frêles
Témoignages solennels
Des fils disparus

Tous ces souvenirs
Mais quand donc apprendrons-nous ?
                                                                Et apprendrons -nous ?
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18 comments:

GrandmaK said...

My goodness but the poppies are beautiful! I, too, ask often, "When will be learn?" Have a grand day! Cathy

Brian Miller said...

i dunno it seems the only way we know the only answer to the questions...i only pray

Jill said...

Beautiful Vicki...

Barbara Rogers said...

My thought this morning is that some generation in the future, grandparents will have to tell children that once there were awful events that caused these cemetaries to be full, and there will be no active memories of what soldiers and wars meant.

Ellis Vidler said...

Beautiful pictures, as always. We have visitors coming from England this week, and your pictures made us decide to drive them to Asheville and show them we have flowers too. (I tried to say this before, but Blogger wouldn't let me post the other day.)

Vicki Lane said...

All life is so brief and fragile and beautiful -- to send young people to die in war is heartbreaking.

Ellis, those particular poppies are on 25-70, between Weaverville and Marshall.

Deanna said...

Beautiful field of poppies. I, too, wonder if we will ever learn. But, I think we already know the answer to that question. Sadly.

Hope you are having a glorious day.

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful poppies and very sad narrative. I fear that we will never learn. So...like John Lennon we can only imagine.

Bouncin' Barb said...

I don't imagine people will ever learn. Sad too.

Joan said...

Snap. As I read this lovely post Vicki, President Obama is placing a wreath on a Tomb of an Unknown Soldier on my morning TV news in NZ.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

I do not understand war and really feel we need to get out of the war business. beautiful photos -- barbara

Reader Wil said...

The song that comes in my mindis: where have all the flowers gone...where have all the soldiers gone. War is good for nothing.

jennyfreckles said...

Funny how we all seem to wish the same and still wars go on - and still our own governments are involved in killing people (all dressed up in the finest rhetoric). It seems so pointless to me.

Miss_Yves said...

Fleuris dans les champs
Coquelicots comme en Flandre
-Jour du Souvenir

(Ou)
Pavots du chemin
En ce jour du souvenir
Rouges comme en Flandre

Coquelicots frêles
Témoignages solennels
Des fils disparus

Tous ces souvenirs
Mais quand donc apprendrons-nous ?
Et apprendrons -nous ?

.....................................
Beautiful pictures and words for a moving tribute

Miss_Yves said...
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Miss_Yves said...

http://chandleratoz.blogspot.com/2011/05/honoring.html

Thérèse said...

Will we ever learn...
Spreading a message does not hurt...

Darla said...

Such lovely fields of poppies...I have to believe we WILL learn...