Maple leaves and poppies

A DAY TO REMEMBER Canadian Air Force Major Desmond Brophy kisses his three-year- old daughter, Kathleen, during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Queen's Park Veteran's Memorial in Toronto, Nov. 11, 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Cassese
A DAY TO REMEMBER Canadian Air Force Major Desmond Brophy kisses his three-year- old daughter, Kathleen, during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Queen's Park Veteran's Memorial in Toronto, Nov. 11, 2010. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Cassese
By on November 1, 2011

Poppies still bloom
in Flanders’ Fields
though guns
no longer roar
and children romp
where carnage raged
in war-torn days of yore.
To honour those who
perished there 
far from their northern home
row-on-row of maple leaves
were fondly carved in stone.
At the eleventh hour
on the eleventh dayof the eleventh month
Canada remembers them.

-William Bedford

 

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