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In Flanders' Fields

John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.

comments (13)

  • David from Skye
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2007, 01:00
On this date, thank you for reminding us, with a suitably stark simple effective image, that we owe our freedom to enjoy our hobby and our lives to those who perished.
pixelpixie: Thanks David, did you know that last year a Christian Think Tank thought the colour of these poppies should be changed to white?

...So no Christian symbolism in my statement of conviction today.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2007, 02:01
This is a fabulous tribute, Jose-Ann! I love it.
pixelpixie: Thanks Ginnie - just thought I'd make a statement of conviction smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2007, 04:25
The simplicity is striking.
pixelpixie: Thanks Jewlya, that's just what I was after.
A wonderful simple image that says it all
pixelpixie: I hope so Bill, I was so annoyed at the Christian Church suggesting they should be white last year, I was determined not to have their symbolism in my image today - and I'm a Christian.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2007, 10:52
Fantastic tribute thank you.
pixelpixie: Thank-you so much Tracy.
Great tribute. Well done
pixelpixie: Thank-you Richard.
Splendid tribute, Jose-Ann...thank you for posting this!
pixelpixie: Thanks Deb. I was so annoyed at the Christian Church suggesting they should be white last year, I wanted an image without their symbolism to eliminate any confusion as to its significance. (I'm a Christian too!)
Very well done. It is a day of quiet contemplation.
pixelpixie: Thanks Michael. A day also of showing one's convictions.
Perfect, simple and tack sharp. Great photograph with such impact. (:o)
pixelpixie: Thanks Rosalyn. That's what I set out to do.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2007, 19:55
The poem is a perfect companion for your simple and powerful picture. The poppy against the black demands my attention and thoughts. Love those folds that are so crisp, sharply in focus, and beautiful. The light on the stem gives it depth.
pixelpixie: Thank-you so much Kathryn. There was confusion in our Christian Church in this country last year as to the significance of the red poppy, so the poem is to remind us why.
Well done Jose, very poignant. If anyone is interested there is a reading of this great poem here.
FLANDERS FIELDS read by Bill Charlton
Needs Real Player.
Very nice smile
I love the stark simplicity of this.

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