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Mary Gilmore: War

War

Out in the dust he lies;
Flies in his mouth,
Ants in his eyes ...

I stood at the door
Where he went out;
Full-grown man,
Ruddy and stout;

I heard the march
Of the trampling feet,
Slow and steady
Come down the street;

The beat of the drum
Was clods on the heart,
For all that the regiment
Looked so smart!

I heard the crackle
Of hasty cheers
Run like the breaking
Of unshed tears,

And just for a moment,
As he went by,
I had sight of his face,
And the flash of his eye.

He died a hero's death,
They said,
When they came to tell me
My boy was dead;

But out in the street
A dead dog lies;
Flies in his mouth,
Ants in his eyes.

- Mary Gilmore, ihre Werke sind leider nur als teure Reprints (1, 2, 3) erhältlich.

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Farewell, Olive!

20. Oktober 1899 - 12. Juli 2008 - Olive Riley, die weltweit wohl älteste Bloggerin
Vor einem Jahr hatte ich hier kurz über die weltweit wohl älteste Bloggerin, Olive Riley, berichtet. Nun ist Olive am 12. Juli gestorben. Olive behielt ihr Leben lang den Kopf oben.