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Wednesday’s Poem

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A mum’s poem: Where Daisy Chains Lie

Through the thronged streets.

Applause rippled in waves

As they strode along

High St, Road and Avenue,

Remembering other roads

As familiar now as these.

Wishtan, Nad e Ali Musa Qul’ah

In whose parched soil,

Strands of daisy chains

Lay buried under the dirt

To trip the unwary walker.

Where the sniper, hid,

With the farmer in the field

And best mess dress

Meant Kevlar and Osprey.

They marched to show their respects

To honour friendships

Grown as mists, solid as iron.

To remember others of their breed,

Lying peacefully in satin lined oak,

Or in hospital induced comas.

Dreaming Technicolor dreams

Of crawling through dank ditches

On bloodied knees.

Only to wake, as

Jigsaw men, crafted

From muscle and bone and sinew.

Or as Meccano men, riveted

From nut and bolt and steel.

They marched to show their respects

Not as heroes, but ordinary men

Who had chosen a life of adventure

And never bemoaned their fate.

Sons and husbands and fathers,

Writing their own histories.

Soldiers at eighteen

Veterans at twenty two.

– Eleanor Broeders –

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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