Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sunday WW1 Poet....

This month's theme 


The Female Poets of the First World War



For Father's Day

TACA When Duty Calls

For all those men who answered the call and went to war.
Leaving a generation of children without their fathers.



Marjorie Wilson



TO TONY – AGED 3
(IN MEMORY: T. P. C. W.)



Gemmed with white daisies was the great green world
Your restless feet have pressed this long day through –
Come now and let me whisper to your dreams
A little song grown from my love for you.

There was a man once loved green fields like you,
He drew his knowledge from the wild bird's songs;
And he had praise for every beauteous thing.
And he had pity for all piteous wrongs …

A lover of earth's forest – of her hills,
And brother to her sunlight – to her rain –
Man with a boy's fresh wonder. He was great
With greatness all too simple to explain.

He was a dreamer, and a poet, and brave
To face and hold what he alone found true.
He was a comrade of the old – a friend
To every little laughing child like you.

And when across the peaceful English land
Unhurt by war, the light is growing dim
And you remember by your shadowed bed
All those – the brave – you must remember him;

And know it was for you who bear his name
And such as you that all his joy he gave,
His love of quiet fields, his youth, his life,
To win that heritage of peace you have.'




Marjorie Wilson (1918).

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Marjorie Wilson was the sister of the war poet Captain T P C Wilson. Her war work
included service in the War Relief Office and also in Voluntary Aid Detachment Nursing.



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