Monday, May 25, 2015

Fort Snelling Military Cemetery-Memorial Day, 2015

The Crosses
I stood there before the crosses 
glowing white in row on row
Everyone a young life cut short
as the names upon them show.


“Voices of boys were by the river-side.
Sleep mothered them; and left the twilight sad.” 

An Irish Airman foresees His Death

I KNOW that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;
        —Wm Butler Yeats

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee,


  1. Perfect post for Memorial Day, Kate!

  2. A fitting tribute.

  3. Lovely tribute, Kate. Also I just went back to see your latest Art in Bloom post...the sense of movement in the floral arrangement really ties into the art and its story. So lovely and spot-on.

  4. Beautiful tribute Kate!

  5. A sobering sight. I don't why mankind feels the need to kill each other.

  6. An ideal post for today, Kate!

  7. We always must remember those brave men.

  8. Beautiful poems for Memorial Day and they go so nicely with the photo and row upon row of graves.


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