Monday, August 04, 2014

Poppy Goes the World

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori. - Wilfred Owen 1917
Over in England, this is pretty amazing:
The Tower Of London has marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a striking art installation.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins features thousands of ceramic poppies pouring out of the tower flowing into the moat and will officially be unveiled on August 5.
The final poppy will be planted on November 11.
There will be a total of 888,246 poppies planted, with each flower representing a British military fatality from WWI.
Previous Xmastime WWI  HERE.

On a side note, after first hearing about this art installation a few days ago I happened to read this about Dulce et Decorum Est author Wilfred Owen:
On 4th November he was shot and killed near the village of Ors. The news of his death reached his parents home as the Armistice bells were ringing on 11 November.
Fucking hell.

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