This Tide and Every Tide

| December 26, 2018

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, […]

Dancing On My Own

| November 9, 2018

For the pilgrims… The bells are striking nine this morning in Ieper (Ypres) as we sit amongst the goodness of this a.m. feasting. The morning window is fresh and, through its clarity, I see the stretching greenery in search of rejuvenating sunlight. I struggle finding my thoughts this morning but happen upon a phrase to […]

November Poppy…

| November 7, 2018

This Year…This Day There are many ways for us to remember those who served. Equally there are many forms of reminders (poppies)…the obvious, which sometimes gather much attention, the hidden gems tucked away until we happen upon them and the November passers-by moving about their businesses with familiar red petals upon their lapels. Poppies, at […]

On the Day of Peace 11 November – Loss…

| November 5, 2018

Great War Armistice at 100 Soon the day of the Great War Armistice will turn 100 – 11 November 2018. Some will travel at this time to London, the Somme, the Salient. Others will remain at home in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, wherever. The ceremonies will be well attended…special events…special art installations such as Weeping […]

Kin and Kindling

| September 23, 2018

…each day It’s about loss…a familiar theme to the tracks of war…along the fields, the woods, the towns. Too many memorials…nearly one per town…too many headstones…row on row… too many lives…so many /so few memories. Rust, blood and petals. Repeatedly I remind myself that my visits to this peace were once the chaos of another’s […]