Lest we Forget

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Two days of the year Lezay comes out to Thank and Remember family members and friends who lost their lives during the Great War – today the 11th November 2008 the orchestra marched and Les Anciens carried their flags and Flowers and the school children joined the parade with flowers and words of commemoration to say…

May 8th is another day in the Calander…….Liberation Day…

This is the soldier that stands in the middle of Lezay to commemorate the war to end all wars!

Living here in France brings it just that little bit closer to home – how it must have been and how the countryfolk lived…..last night there was a documentary about Albert Kahn and his colour photos of the great war – seeing them made us realise just how awful life would have been for the people here in the middle of it all….

I would like to share this with you – My daughter Chloé came home from Lycée today and said that they had to write a prose as if they are talking to the object or person this is her translation into English from French she is worried it will not make sense so I have also posted in a Journal in both languages I think it fits this photo and is our first Collaboration of which I hope we have more :)

Oh War, you are the enemy of mothers,
you take our brothers, our sons and our loved ones,
you destroy the countryside, which echoes
with the cries of soldiers,and nobody understands
what you are doing here,
we have had enough already,
don’t you think so?
We lose our lives,our spirits,our reason for living
because who wants to live after seeing
the horror in the fields
the blood which runs
like a river who never stops,
brothers massacred, who will never again wake up.
You bring death upon us, with your malicious spirit,
to see a woman dissolve in tears,
that pleases your vicious mind
who is overjoyed to see
our men trembling, who know that soon
they will die.

en Francais…..
Ô guerre, vous êtes l’ennemi des mères,
vous prenez nos fils, nos frères et bien nos chéres,
vous déchirez le paysage, qui resonne
avec les cris des soldats, et personne ne comprends,
comment ça se fait que vous êtes là,
on en a déjà eu assez,
vous ne trouvez pas?
On perd nos vies,nos âmes, notre raison d’être,
parceque qui veut vivre, aprés avoir vu
l’horreur dans les champs
du sang qui coule
comme une riviére qui ne s’arrête jamais,
des frères massacrés, qui ne se reveillent plus.
Vous provoquez la mort, avec votre âme malicieux,
de voir une femme fondre en larmes,
ça plairez à votre esprit vicieux
qui se rejoit de voir
nos hommes tremblent, qui savent que bientôt,
ils meurent.

by Chloe May Smith 12 November 2008
Chloe’s Work
Featured in Heart & Soul 4th May ’10
Featured on the Home Page 11 November ’09
featured in Images with Words Jan 09
featured in Statues and Such Nov 08

taken on canon 400d using sigma lens on full zoom at 300mm on P program

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