Reply to In Flanders Field

I have posted ‘In Flanders Field’ by LTC John McCrae so many times that I thought this year I would provide a pointer to the many replies in poetry form to this poem honoring the soldiers who give their lives for this country and our way of life.


by John Mitchell

Oh! sleep in peace where poppies grow;
The torch your falling hands let go
Was caught by us, again held high,
A beacon light in Flanders sky
That dims the stars to those below.
You are our dead, you held the foe,
And ere the poppies cease to blow,
We’ll prove our faith in you who lie
In Flanders Fields.

Oh! rest in peace, we quickly go
To you who bravely died, and know
In other fields was heard the cry,
For freedom’s cause, of you who lie,
So still asleep where poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.

As in rumbling sound, to and fro,
The lightning flashes, sky aglow,
The mighty hosts appear, and high
Above the din of battle cry,
Scarce heard amidst the guns below,
Are fearless hearts who fight the foe,
And guard the place where poppies grow.
Oh! sleep in peace, all you who lie
In Flanders Fields.

And still the poppies gently blow,
Between the crosses, row on row.
The larks, still bravely soaring high,
Are singing now their lullaby
To you who sleep where poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

Happy Memorial Day (was Decoration Day).


About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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4 Responses to Reply to In Flanders Field

  1. Rambling says:

    I love this. SO glad you posted it.

  2. Zeynep says:

    Happy Memorial Day Jaag. Some people are giving their lives up for an ideal or an utopia. Peace for the world.

  3. Lo says:

    This is really lovely. Yesterday I heard some Belgian schoolchildren who had taken the time to learn English sing the national anthem. Your cats are quite lovely too, all three of them look to be happy and healthy; thanks for sharing the link. Thanks for the invite – I’d seen you on Graham’s but hadn’t yet made the leap. xxLo

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