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The Send Off

By AlleyCatz
Down the close darkening lanes they sang their way
To the siding-shed,
And lined the train with faces grimly gay.

Their breasts were stuck all white with wreath and spray
As men's are, dead.

Dull porters watched them, and a casual tramp
Stood staring hard,
Sorry to miss them from the upland camp.

Then, unmoved, signals nodded, and a lamp
Winked to the guard.

So secretly, like wrongs hushed-up, they went.
They wer not ours:
We never heard to which front these were sent.

Nor there if they yet mock what women meant
Who gave them flowers.

Shall they return to beatings of great bells
In wild train-loads?
A few, a few, too few for drums and yells,

May creep back, silent, to still village wells
Up half-known roads.

Wilfred Owen

Tags: Poppy War Man Remembrance Portraits and people Train carriage

Voters: lifesnapper, Hanners, Phil_Morgan and 47 more

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Briwooly 13 452 5 England
3 Jun 2011 7:11PM
What can I say Wink


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AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
3 Jun 2011 7:12PM
The words of his poem ...say it all Smile

Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
3 Jun 2011 7:18PM
My goodness, its hard to type with tears in my eyes. Very moving image and poem.............Sandy
AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
3 Jun 2011 7:25PM
Thanks Sandy.....I find it very emotive.

Funny also how two images taken years apart...suddendly go together....and finding just the right words.

RogBrown 12 3.1k 10 England
3 Jun 2011 8:07PM
Very moving Alley & nicely done.
dormay 9 1
3 Jun 2011 8:55PM
Superb. Barbara
3 Jun 2011 9:46PM
Very, .... very clever (and moving too) Alley!

MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
3 Jun 2011 9:56PM
That poppy makes this for me (even without the words) Smile

My POTW by a long way!!!

Fran x
rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
3 Jun 2011 10:33PM
Poignant and emotion filled Alley. Ron.
AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
4 Jun 2011 11:28AM
Thanks for stopping by Rog, Barbara, Mike,Fran and Ron....much appreciated Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile

Fran: Thanks you for giving me your UA ...Means alot to me Smile

Prabh: Thank you for your GE Award....that means alot to me also Smile

chase Plus
14 1.2k 264 England
4 Jun 2011 12:24PM
Cool mixing Alison...see...I'm baaaaack !! Wink
AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
4 Jun 2011 12:44PM
Welcome back Janet Smile ....your turn to now do some cool mixing.

Edvard Munch...the Scream???? Wink

Nick_w Plus
12 4.3k 99 England
4 Jun 2011 1:12PM
Its all been said Alley, linked to one of the best poets of the 20C
13 13 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 1:27PM
Great image, and great prose.

LesF 13 182 9
4 Jun 2011 6:26PM

Quote:see...I'm baaaaack

Oh no

With Fran on this, it's that poppy, so well thought out this Alley, super image.

John_Horner 14 12 2 England
4 Jun 2011 9:22PM
Very, very good indeed. Splendid.
chase Plus
14 1.2k 264 England
4 Jun 2011 10:03PM

Quote:Oh no

Cheeky !! Wink
wyatturp 14 2 England
5 Jun 2011 5:28PM
The rust has tears, well taken
AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
6 Jun 2011 8:09AM
Thanks everyone...appreciate your time Smile Smile

keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
6 Jun 2011 2:05PM

Its the duffel coat that makes it for me.
AlleyCatz 13 274 6 England
7 Jun 2011 8:05AM
Keefs: The poppy is for rememberance....of all of them.

The German army...and the strap from the bag which the poppy is a french army side pack.

Little bits that mean and weave a story Smile

DaveU 13 1.4k 125 England
12 Jun 2011 10:29PM
Sad poem and a poignant image ..... obviously carries a lot of meaning for you that we can only guess at.
SGIBBONS 10 56 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2011 8:31AM
Wonderful image Alley. Agree with everyones comments regarding the poignancy of the image and the poem !!

Hope you are well !
Sam x

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