We will remember them.

Remembering our fallen heros.

The Soldier

by  Rupert Brooke
(1887-1915)


If I should die, think  only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all   evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

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Author: susanjanejones

I write articles and short stories, and this year I've become a pocket novelist for my weekly.

10 thoughts on “We will remember them.”

  1. Hi Susan .. thanks – lovely poem and I had to look to see if Rupert Brooke died in the war – in fact he died of sepsis from a mosquito bite .. many died in war, many died as an adjunct to it .. but I’m so pleased I scanned a little more about Brooke .. his words evocate so much … as you say: so moving.

    Thanks – Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary,
      Yes, the war must have damaged people even if they survived. My Grandad was burned and gassed in WW1. Luckily he survived to have my mum and her two brothers. He wasn’t the same though, he used a puffer for his chest. He built up a plant nursery though, I’m very proud of him.

  2. I love that poem, Susan. It always reminds me of those rows of crosses in France. Such a waste of young life.

    It’s so sad that’s we’re coming up to the hundred year anniversary of the start of the war to end all wars and lives are still being lost.

    Juliet

  3. Hi Debbie,
    Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ appeals to me more than those Dulce et decorum est (or similar) that we had to study at school. Rupert’s poems are more gentle than some of the gory ones. Though war isn’t at all gentle is it?

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