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Poppy

The sun's shining down on these green fields of France; 
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance. 
The trenches have vanished long under the plow; 
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now. 
But here in this graveyard that's still No Man's Land 
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand 
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man. 
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

 

Green fields of France

 

Eric Bogle 

Poppy

The sun's shining down on these green fields of France; 
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance. 
The trenches have vanished long under the plow; 
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now. 
But here in this graveyard that's still No Man's Land 
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand 
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man. 
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

 

Green fields of France

 

Eric Bogle 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 20 Apr 2018, 00:54
Are these being set up for 11/11, Bill...it seems quite a way off...
Bill Phillips: This is part of an exhibition that is touring the country marking the hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Apr 2018, 01:44
Des décorations très originales, j'aime beaucoup.
Bill Phillips: Thank you so much Martine
Beautiful image, Bill - your processing works well for the subject. Thank you for the poem.
Bill Phillips: If you can find the Eric Bogle version or the one by the Fureys they are well worth listening to,
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Apr 2018, 04:47
I enjoy the series very much, Bill.
A wonderful poem. (And thank you for sending the link on Monday)
Bill Phillips: For me it is the best anti war song I have heard Astrid
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Apr 2018, 05:29
what moving words to accompany this solemn image

so beautifully sad
Bill Phillips: My favourite anti war song Sherri
This "vision and verb" is so poignant, Bill! Well done.
Bill Phillips: My favourite anti war song Ginnie
Super shot, Bill, nicely done.
Bill Phillips: Pleased you think so Frank
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Apr 2018, 06:30
Well this is different.

I think I am going to have to experiment more with croppidge myself..
Bill Phillips: Most current cameras allow a fair degree of croppidge without the picture going totally to pot
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Apr 2018, 07:37
A very moving, very beautiful image!
Bill Phillips: I am pleased you think so Philine
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Apr 2018, 08:12
It looks a bit blurred on the right.
Bill Phillips: So do you Chad
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : where the sun rises first in England
  • 20 Apr 2018, 08:21
You tried hard with this one, Billiam
Bill Phillips: Trying to make a point..probably failed
Put together the picture and the verse make for an excellent posting Bill.
Bill Phillips: Much obliged Brian
Very good Bill, what came over you.
Bill Phillips: It is something I care about I suppose
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Apr 2018, 15:14
So poignant!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Anne
I wonder why there is one red poppy amongst the others.
Bill Phillips: That would be photoshop Mary
it's a wonderful memorial a a beautiful poem by Eric Bogle...
where did the 100 years go Bill....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Far too much of the 100 years has involved wars
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Apr 2018, 20:09
well i didnt expect that from the thumbnail but it was an interesting surprise. Glad to find another Eric Bogle afficionado! We were just listening to one of his LPs the other day. We heard him in Berlin (before the wall came down)
Bill Phillips: This song is , in my humble opinion, the best anti war song I have ever heard.
An interesting treatment, Bill
Bill Phillips: Done in photoshop Tom
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Apr 2018, 13:36
Poppies, plastic or metal, celebrates man's blind indifference to his fellow man.
Nice detail
Bill Phillips: Thanks Claudio

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