Poem 44 – Before the Cenotaph

Pray silence, pray peace,
Pray mercy to the glorious dead,
That they might rest eternal.
Pray joy, pray love,
Pray union of men,
That they have not died for naught.
The things they did we have forgot,
We think today of those things not,
But of what they did those dread things for –
That those dread things be done no more.

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Dear readers,
Today I break my usual Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule for the first time – I felt this one shouldn’t wait. I attended the ceremony at the Cenotaph in London today for Remembrance Sunday, and found it moving. It is rare to have such a moment of shared sentiment, and to have so many people gathered for one purpose. It is also rare to see oneself on the news, if only briefly as part of a very large crowd.
Did any of you do anything to mark Remembrance Sunday? Share with us – or link to your blog, if you wish.
The Hapless Neo-Romantic

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