Poppies Wave - We are the guns by quietpurplehaze

Poppies Wave - We are the guns

At the POPPIES WAVE installation at Fort Nelson, I noticed this brutal first verse of a poem displayed on an overhead panel. It was written in 1916 by Gilbert Frankau and called 'The Voice of the Guns'.

"We are the guns, and your masters! Saw ye our flashes?
Heard ye the scream of our shells in the night, and the shuddering crashes?
Saw ye our work by the roadside, the shrouded things lying,
Moaning to God that He made them - the maimed and the dying?
Husbands or sons,
Fathers or lovers, we break them. We are the guns!"

It interested me and I did a little research.

Gilbert (1884-1952) was a volunteer at the start of WW1 and fought at Loos, Ypres and on the Somme.

Despite the bitter tone of some of his poetry he was intensely patriotic and supported the war.

At his own request, perhaps realising that he could not carry on, he was transferred from the front line to staff work on propaganda in Italy at the end of 1916.

His brother, Jack, was killed in November 1917. Gilbert himself was invalided out of the war in February 1918 with shell-shock.

He served in the RAF as a Squadron Leader in World War II.

Poppies and guns.
Well presented
April 16th, 2018  
this is very interesting and needs time to sort it all out... very nice story photo.
April 16th, 2018  
All very poignant, and sad. But what a beautiful photo Hazel.
April 16th, 2018  
Stunning image and edit ... and very poignant verse...
April 16th, 2018  
Great processing and interesting poem and history..It would make a terrific postcard. What do you use for your multi-exposure please Hazel.
April 16th, 2018  
Love the edit
April 16th, 2018  
Very striking to blend these two things. Wonderful image.
April 16th, 2018  
Nice composite, Hazel. Interesting story.
April 16th, 2018  
Fabulous editing and very poignant words. My grandfather was killed at Ypres and David's grandad fought at the Somme. It was at the Somme that he lost his faith in God. He came home from the war a very different person.
April 16th, 2018  
Great image & interesting narrative, fav
April 16th, 2018  
Fabulously compiled.fav
April 16th, 2018  
Super image and narrative :)
April 16th, 2018  
So very cool!!
April 16th, 2018  
Nice,y processed and info
April 16th, 2018  
Bep
Wonderful image and interesting story.
Yesterday evening Hubby and I listened to a CD by Eric Bogle. One of the songs that always brings tears to my eyes is this: http://www.irishsongs.com/lyrics.php?Action=view&Song_id=390
April 16th, 2018  
Very striking composite and poignant narrative
April 16th, 2018  
Awesome picture.
April 16th, 2018  
@wendyfrost

I use Picasa, under the collage section the last option is multi-exposure.
April 16th, 2018  
@wendyfrost

p.s. I added the small pics on FastStone.
April 16th, 2018  
That's a fabulous photo. Beautiful and great point of view and effects.
April 16th, 2018  
Beautiful creative collage Hazel. Great layers and stories.
April 16th, 2018  
This is such a beautiful image. The poem is so moving. Fav
April 16th, 2018  
Wonderful image and poem Hazel
April 17th, 2018  
Wow! Fab fav.
April 22nd, 2018  
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