Thursday, 11 November 2010

We will remember them

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Flanders meets the High Street
by Jan Jones


Standing in Waitrose at eleven o’clock
All life suspended
One woman reaching for a steak&kidney pie
An old man gripping his wire basket
Me with my trolley as thousands of cheerful, too-fast soldiers
March before my eyes in jerky shades of grey

PALs: joining up together, fighting together

Dying together.
A village wiped out. A community blasted.

The cashiers sit down again
People move
Two minutes of life, gone in the blink of an eye.

6 comments:

Jane Odiwe said...

You captured just how I felt when caught up shopping on Armistice day - very moving, Jan!

Jane Henry said...

Beautiful Jan.

J. Fishler said...

You put it into words, so well! Beautiful, Jan!

Debs said...

Beautifully written. Thank you.

L'Aussie said...

Lovely post. I've added it to my Remembrance Day round up on my blog..:)

Jan Jones said...

Thanks, all. It is so important to remember.