Since I’ve been keeping up with my daily blog on Medium and writing each night on my NaNoWriMo novel, I do not have a poem of my own ready today. Veteran’s Day. Thus, I went searching for one on Poets.org where you can find poetry in the public domain.
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae – 1872-1918
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 was 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.
The poem is in the public domain.
John McCrae was a Canadian doctor and teacher that served in WWI. (Source: Poets.org)
More poems about Veterans Day can be found on this page at Poets.org. You’ll note that the page also describes the source of Veteran’s Day and that it was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI. Thus, McCrae’s poem is fitting since that is the war he served in.
I don’t know of any kidlit authors who’ve written about Veterans Day. I’m sure there are some and maybe I’ll learn that today, from some of my fellow participants in Poetry Friday. It is a somber and serious subject, therefore I’m not surprised I did not find anything suitable to share.
During elementary school, my boys all had to write a piece or pieces on Veterans Day for the school assembly. Some were chosen to be read by the student to the school-wide audience, including parents, guests, and former servicemen and women. It was always a beautiful assembly, full of reverence, appreciation, and music.
The high school also did a great Veterans Day assembly which I went to one time when my son played the piano as an accompaniment to the chorus, which sang Blades of Grass and Pure White Stone. It is a beautiful song.
And finally, if you’ve never been to Washington D.C., to see our country’s memorials to those who’ve served you should go. The monuments are stunning, especially at night. We’ve wandered through them several times in the last twenty years.
I hope everyone has a grateful heart today and expresses their appreciation for our veterans. My dad served in the Air Force and my mother-in-law served in the Army. We have a good friend who served in the Marines, and another two friends who served in the Army recently, with one still currently active. It is a role not everyone or just anyone can take on, but we all should appreciate their sacrifices – time away from family and home, and sometimes their lives as well.
Be sure you thank a veteran today. They protect our freedoms.
The Poetry Friday group has been wonderfully supportive of my NaNoWriMo efforts. I thought I would update you all on my progress. The only day I skipped writing so far was last Saturday, as we were spending it at one of our son’s apartments and socializing with family and friends. But, each day before and since, I’ve been able to meet the 1,667 words per day goal. In total, I have written 14,762 words in my novel so far.
I’ve definitely found it a challenge and the pacing of the novel’s events have been the most difficult part. Surprisingly, I thought it would be writing the dialogue but so far that has not presented a problem for me.
Thank you to all for your interest and support of my NaNoWriMo journey!
Today is Poetry Friday and our host is children’s author Buffy Silverman! By clicking her name, you can go to Buffy’s blog and read her post that reviews a wonderful new story by Laura Purdie Salas and learn what else Buffy’s been up to lately! Be sure to stop by her Mr. Linky page too for access to other participants in Poetry Friday! Thanks for hosting, Buffy!