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Monday, 11 November 2013

Armistice Day

By Henry Lowenstern

To honor the dead of the First World War
we promised each other to avoid an encore,
but, in 96 years,
we've shed millions more tears
as we've honored the dead of five wars more.

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Right on, Henry, right on. Sadly we never learn.

I am not familiar with the words by Henry Lowenstern, but they say so much, as does the comment. Both bring to mind Richie Havens's song "Handsome Johnny," he sings of generations going to war, the stanza is "Hey, it's a long hard road, it's a long hard road. It's a long hard road, hey, before we'll be free." The comment "...Sadly we never learn." Brings sadness. It is my hope that one day we will learn. Maybe not my lifetime, but sometime.

Perhaps we finally are learning, at least in the U.S. Lately, we've been doing better at pulling out, staying out, and talking it out. Another good verse, Henry.

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