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Visiting Tyne Cot by Bea Ewart

The Ypres Salient, 23rd September, 2006

 

There we were,

a coach load of tourists,

emptying out into a land

once scarified by war:

that day, headstones in sunlit rows,

flowers - roses mostly,

memorial bunkers

the cross of sacrifice -

and the silence;

the names of those who loved,

and left their loved ones desolate

inscribed on a salient of stone.

 

High up on one wall

a single poppy,

fixed with a blob of Blu-Tack.

 

Bea Ewart 2006