“Red as a poppy…”

Good morning everyone

Today is 11/11, Remembrance day.

It is the day to remember all those who died in the line of duty.

This year in the UK, Hull is the city of culture. One project was the ‘weeping window’ in the square which I visited a while ago; an abundance of poppies tumbling delicately out of the window… The display was simply stunning.

I chose to tell you all about a story by Rudyard Kipling. Some of you may recognise the name, he wrote ‘The Jungle Book’, but also, he wrote a poem called ‘My Boy Jack’.

This poem has huge sentimental value as it is based on the true story of Rudyard’s son, Jack, who disappeared in 1915 in WW1 at the Battle of Loos.

‘My Boy Jack’ 

“Have you news of my boy Jack?”
Not this tide.
“When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Has any one else had word of him?”
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

“Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind —
Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!

 

I hope today you find the time to remember all those who fought and lost their lives.

Happy reading, Lx

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