Here is my Christmas poem for 2014.
In this anniversary year of the First World War, it commemorates the unofficial cessation of hostilities that took place on the Western Front during Christmas 1914 which became known as the ‘Christmas truce’.
Just who gave the order
no one knew.
They say there wasn’t one.
Stille Nacht in no man’s,
its accordion leaking like gas
across the frost.
One by one came stars,
better to pick out limp rags
What I remember next is nothing,
if absence is what nothing is,
a song into which we sang silence.
Witnesses, we witnessed it.
We were part of that cloud, and lost in it.
Very touching. http://snowfar4.wix.com/1914-christmas-truce
Lovely, Anthony – the way in which this poem echoes the silence and stars and wonder of the first Christmas. I’ve been blogging on WWI poetry and would love to reblog your poem, if that would be OK? Here’s my blog in case you want to take a look before giving permission: http://behindtheirlines.blogspot.co.uk/
Hi Connie, thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, absolutely, that would be great. As ever with best wishes, Anthony