GARDEN OF STONE

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GARDEN OF STONE

Post by Mahalia » 24 Apr 2018, 18:33

GARDEN OF STONE … Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet

The ‘ flowers of stone’ in serried rows stand tall - facing the sun
each day endless processions pass them by at Arlington,
and so the garden grows and grows, its beds tailored and neat
its peacefulness only disturbed by many marching feet.
Four hundred thousand share this place – interred with dignity
The Old Guard do the honours – veterans of the military.
Each day watered with tears a‘flower’ is planted in the soil
and so each day the garden grows as more wars we embroil.

And in the garden buried deep one Aussie hero lies
Francis D Milne – a pilot who once flew our cobalt skies.
He shares with Sergeant Joseph Paul a casket and a plot.
They died together and were found – but separated – not.
New Guinea forests held them close, this harshest of frontiers
would not relinquish easily its prize of forty years .
‘twas 1989 saw them discovered and then named
from the tangled US aircraft wreckage jungles had reclaimed.

November 26th in 1942 they died,
their headstone in the garden tells us this. This place of pride.
The resting place of heroes, a nation’s hallowed ground,
serene and green and beautiful where blossom trees abound .
This son of Queensland far from home – interred in foreign soil,
the only Aussie buried here, who left this mortal coil
fighting for king and country far away from kin and home.
He rests forever – one more ‘flower’ in the garden of stone.




http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/milne.htm
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Re: [b]GARDEN OF STONE[/b]

Post by Teddy » 25 Apr 2018, 07:41

Thank you Mahalia for that lovely poem & the so very interesting story behind the poem. O:)

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Post by Mahalia » 23 May 2018, 14:25

Thank you Teddy I am glad you enjoyed it - it was one of the poems that I recited for our Anzac Day ceremony this year. It moved a few of the people to tears.
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Re: GARDEN OF STONE

Post by Dreamweaver » 23 May 2018, 21:02

Mahalia wrote:
23 May 2018, 14:25
Thank you Teddy I am glad you enjoyed it - it was one of the poems that I recited for our Anzac Day ceremony this year. It moved a few of the people to tears.
I'm sure it would. Heart moving.
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