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Reaching and Preaching for Peace

7 months ago

Scheduled to coincide with the centenary of the 1918 Armistice that brought an end to the bloodletting of the hopefully-called-at -the-time, ‘Great …


Saying YES to Peace

4 years ago

When I returned from North East India in December, I wrote a blog that I entitled ‘extreme-everything-postcard-from-india.html Extreme Everything’.  Exquisite beauty marred …


Remembering Day 2014: A Reprise

5 years ago

DULCE ET DECORUM EST

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, 
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, 
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs 
And towards our distant rest began to trudge. 
           Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots 
           But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;  
           Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots  
         Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
                           Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling, 
                           Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; 
                           But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
                    
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime . . . 


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