Friday, December 5, 2008

Owen's Tomb

Some of you may have heard of, or even read the poems of Wilfred Owen ? If not, well, take a look here... his poetry is quite remarkable. Owen's promising voice was silenced at the age of 25, on November 4th, 1918, one week before the end of the barbarous stupidity of the First World War. His company had been assigned to cross a canal early one morning under cover of fog, and attack the Germans on the far side. Tragically for Wilfred Owen, his fellow soldiers, and for the world deprived of his future work, the fog lifted unexpectedly, leaving them exposed on the canal bank where the entire company was machine gunned. The things we do to each other... I made a pilgrimage to his grave site in the town of Ors, France on 11 November, 2008, ninety years and one week after his untimely end.

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