Continuing on with National Poetry Month, a reblog containing a searing poem by Wilfred Own. Thanks, Jenni, for the thoughtful post.
John Singer Sargent’s painting Gassed hangs in the Imperial War Museum in London; the canvas is over seven feet high and twenty feet long.
This impressive painting depicts soldiers blinded by gas being led in lines back to the hospital tents and the dressing stations; the men lie on the ground all about the tents waiting for treatment.
The following poem Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen is famous for its depiction of the less noble side of the sacrifice our soldiers make and while I believe it is important to honor and respect those who have fought and those who still fight for our country it would be wrong to ignore the terrible price and awful humanity of war itself.
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
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