Remember those where poppies flew
on Flanders fields – a horrid view
now grass is green despite the blood
that once was seeping through the mud
from heated rifle’s deathly spew
Since then we’ve learned they were too few
that guns that slaughter now are new
and drowning us in crimson floods
remember those …
The drones are executing crews
and with a button we can draw
the line within a neighbourhood
can you distinguish who is good?
is there a line ‘tween me and you?
So Trifecta wants us to use Remember in the following meaning:
3 a : to keep in mind for attention or consideration
b : REWARD
I could not help to write a Rondeau inspired by John McRae’s piece. Do we really remember enough…?
November 10, 2013
Hard to understand after WW1 and Ww2. Wars keep a-coming. Thank you for remembering a great writer and his words he left for us to learn. Did we?
I don’t think we truly remember…
I agree. Short memories for our leaders.
Nicely woven with lots of themes, and the rondeau form really helps emphasize the meaning of remember. I often think of this quote by my husband, to read things “once for the head, twice for the heart.” The third refrain really drives the point home.
Yes.. when I got the word of remember… I thought how much we forget. And the rondeau is a powerful form
Oh, Björn, you’ve written this so beautifully, with truth and solemnity. I’m only familiar with the rondeau form through your poetry but I believe, as always, you’ve chosen the very best form for the story and images you wish to portray. Really felt this, especially today.
I referred to the rondeau “In Flanders Fields” which is actually the reason for the poppies on remembrance days…
This is beautifully done. Amazing writing once again. (Still enjoy listening to you read your work as well…sounds differently than it does when I read it in my mind.)
Thank you 🙂 yes reading it is actually quite fun. It add to the way I write…
Your readings improved because you are slowing the pace. Pay
attention to the sound of a question. You voice needs to rise at the end of a questioning line…
Lovely, and unfortunately very topical. Well done.
unfortunately, this speaks too well to the truth. beautiful yet tasking for the heart.
being a pacifist I had too… and I love “in flanders fields”
Wow, a man of many talents, B! Audio for TrifectaRememberRondeau! I’m truly impressed, not just for the poem, but for your fine rendition.
No one is a winner in a war nut all are losers.
From Flanders field to drones-so much carnage and death. So much loss, and so many to remember. My heart aches.
Love that you took ‘in Flanders fields´so to heart – beautifully rendered rondeau, Björn!
Not sure if the first line is were or where?
ah.. where it should be.. 🙂
Words so honest and true, from the very first war to the ones that will unfortunately come. Wonderful closing stanza. Thanks for linking up!
An eternal truth-we human beings can never stop shedding blood-so sad!Great piece with so much depth-the audio on my laptop is not working for now-will definitely listen to this on my hubby’s laptop tomorrow:-)
Such a profound reminder.
Combining factual circumstances into this piece made it shine so bright that anyone who reads will stop…even if only a moment, in reflection.
Words with a powerful purpose…the combination of a poet and a scientist …in the days past these went hand and hand…I see a second coming…you taking the lead ..behind dark glasses!