A Moving Remembrance Poem by Roger Quick

This beautiful remembrance poem is written by an old university friend of mine.  It is a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.  Roger wrote these words after visiting military cemeteries in the Netherlands in his role as padre to the Cameronians. 

The photo on this page is also by a special friend of mine - Kate - it seems very appropriate for the poem. 

Sunset over Sydney for Remembrance

We will

Remember? Yes, we will remember them,
We who have watched them go down with the sun.
And in the morning, seeing them gone
We will cease remembering and live.
As they would have lived
And longed to lay to rest at last
The sheer bloody waste of it all.

Yes, they would want to forget.
Yet even that is denied them,
Those who survived them
Bear witness to that,
Who cannot forget.

Sure, they remember the good times:
The scrapes they got into, the japes they got up to;
Which nevertheless came down to
The same thing in the end.
They lost a friend.

Whose memories hold
A face as it was then: young, bold.
Truly, they will not grow old.
Not then, not now, not never.

How can we ever then honour their lives
Weary, but unsurprised that
The brave new world was lies;
Should we not just trouble their rest,
Seeing the rubble we built was at best

But we will.
We will.

We who the years condemn.
We will.
Unable to comprehend
We that are left will
Stand silenced by silence.
Unworthy to demand
An answer.

And still in that silence we will find something
Devastatingly honourable,
Worthy of repetition,
Worth our recalling
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning.

Roger Quick

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