Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Armistice

The Armistice with a capital A
Ended the First World War; today
The 11th of November
We pause a moment and remember

All those who volunteered to fight
For a cause that they believed was right
Only to die in a muddy trench:
US, British, German, French.

A war of attrition, lost ideals
Buried forever in Flanders fields.
Commemorations, flags half-mast
Still cast a shadow on the past.

But did it give “Peace in our time”?
The Versailles Treaty – out of line
Harsh reparation clauses signed
A fragile peace soon undermined...

(c) Poet in the woods


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