In Flanders fields the poppies blow Here my comrades and I are laden We fought for King and Country Here we are---the fallen.
‘Be proud’, was the national proclamation ‘ You are the chosen’ We left home and our loved ones Here we are—the ill-begotten.
Some of us once upon glorious corridors Of Cambridge and Oxford had trodden The best and most fertile of young minds Here we are—the forgotten.
How strong we then were, riding on the back of youth Its dreams so sweet and resplendent Rained by bullets in the battlefield Here we are---death has spoken.
Pro patria gloria, dulcis pro patria mori (Never mind if our hearts were cruel and rotten We must **** all enemies over the fence) Here we are---the terrible who were chosen.
Were we born to destroy and mutilate? But in the battle-front ---all we loved and espoused had been stolen Buried in dark pits of hate and revenge There we were----inhuman and despondent.
Those whom we slaughtered and maimed Didn’t they like us once did hold dreams just as golden? Weren’t they who happiness sought as we did? Here we are—to bemoan all the precious from such that had been stolen.
In Flanders fields the poppies weep For us who are far from home and have nowhere to return With the wind’s nightly melancholic sighs whispering in our ears Here we are----empty, with dark sins upon us—for absolution is all we yearn.
• inspired by the opening line of John McCrae’s poem IN FLANDERS FIELDS published in December 1915 (Flanders is in Belgium where a million died or were maimed).
John McCrae (1872—1918) was a Canadian doctor who joined the army as a gunner but later transferred to the medical service. IN 1918 he was made consultant to all the British armies in France but died of pneumonia before taking up the appointment.