In Remembrance…

We Shall Keep the Faith by Moina Michael, November 1918


Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

I never came across this one during my study of literature (or I completely blocked it from my mind, but I doubt that), but I absolutely love it. The description of the poppy and linking it to the blood of the soldiers is so invocative and the whole thing is fantastic. For more on Moina Michael see her wikipedia page. This poem is directly inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields.

For more on poppies and their significance see the Great War resource.

Peace,

~ PersephoneM

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