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Contemplating Peace, Hubris, Conceit and Costs – Remembrance Day 2019, Okayama

Coffee, castles and contemplation about all the victims of war… No Remembrance Day cenotaph here in Okayama (where its 11/11/1) so headed out to find a calm place (and coffee) for remembering with my handcrafted poppy (imo white or red is appropriate). 

Of course i remember the fallen – of “the Great War” and all other, and of course the wounded – these delicate humans, and those who followed after them, deserve all the assistance society can render.

I also remember their mothers, their children, the folks who diligently toiled to provide, the resistance fighters thwarting plans & gathering intell at great risk, indeed the service horses and ponies… i think about the burned villages, destroyed cities, unfulfilled dreams, the opportunity cost of loss, the growing up too fast, the growing up not at all, mental afflictions, physical violence, undeserved.

I also acknowledge with contempt the hubris of “Royals” who pushed unknown youth into the brink, the conceited generals, the wealth grabbers, the power-hungry, the opportunists, the carpet baggers, those meaning to subjugate by redrawing borders, the liars to allies, the ulterior motives purveyors, the devious schemers… All this is on you.

The best respect we can give the fallen is peace, always and forever, peace.

11/11/1 11:11 from Okayama with respect

Rest Me Naught

Rest me Naught

The partisans attacked
Shortly after sun dawned
Trapped behind the lines
Two days after the treaty signed

Under grey sky I consider
Am I the last one to perish?
Perhaps the final number
In a redundant skirmish

Papers signed inky in a rail car
I’ll never chance to see
Peace comes for some
But no solace arrives for me

The religious get their rites
Murderers given last meals
I’m ordered a shovel
And to get down on my knees

Night-flashes of lost loves
Forever gone forlorn
First flash of eye glance
Waking early on a first mourn

Distant desperate acts
Seeking a fleeting peace
Unadvised by the muddy
The needy and the weak

Boots and coats removed
To strip last identity
The cold doesn’t sting
As much as anonymity

Trenches are flooded
Mortar shells rest unused
Canteen still has drops
Munitions stockpiled to abuse

Grandmother will never know
When my corpus lays
Flowers will grow eventually
While a Legion prays

I am unknown to no-one
Forgotten by unborn kin
What counts as victory?
Who credits this a win?

No photo in a locket
Soggy letters long left to rot
Telegrams remain unanswered
No lover to forget me not

(All my years for naught)

Roll your own Remembering 11/11/11:11 2016, Kochi

Roll your own Remembering 11/11/11:11

For the fallen, the resisters, the hurt and even the vanquished.
#RemembranceDay
#Poppy
#NoMoreWar

Arrived home after #remembranceday, 2009

Arrived home after #remembranceday activities to find snow in my yard – hoping for a weekend of strolling in woods & lounging by fire

Recorded a charming session with @ianb…

Recorded a charming session with @ianb reading diaries from grandpa mark’s ww1 adventures for postcards from gravelly beach podcast

Ian Bell reads WW1 Diaries on CBC

RT @ianb: I’ll be on CBC Radio Vancouver (88.1 FM if you’re here) @ 3:40PM talking about my Great Grandfather: http://tr.im/ELfJ

RT @ianb: I will be appearing on CBC Radio One’s “On The Coast” with Stephen Quinn tomorrow at 3PM PDT (thanks to DaveO): http://tr.im/EI7m

Me: Just heard @ianb read WW1 diaries on #CBC – very poignant and great discourse on morality vs political reasons for war – now beer

See also: Vimy Ridge Diaries on Remembrance Day podcast 

Remembrance Day at UBC, 2009 (plus beach)

At UBC Remembrance Day ceremony – a bit too much bible for me but love bagpipers! I also remember resisters, underground fighters, peaceniks & civilians

We visited Wreck Beach with clothes intact afterwards.

Remembering to Wage Peace – Annotations on 11/11/2009

At ubc for #Remembranceday ceremony indoors at the war memorial gym – note: saw mudhoney, posies, fastbacks here years ago

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Seems they don’t count Afghanistan as a war – nor the cold war (yet) – they are just adding a Korean war memorial – now a Korean vet speaks

i know its not all simple but revolutions start at home whether Afghanis, Pakistanis or others @jnarvey perhaps welcome holy war refugees?

I think for starters, we should sit with the ‘enemies’ have a meal and ask them nicely to chill the fck out @jnarvey – has anyone asked?

 

I am not into “Remembering” while it’s still happening!…

RT @rainzine: we have soldiers (and civilians) fighting around the world, I am not into “Remembering” while it’s still happening! STOP WAR!