Remembrance Day, 2006
England, God and good and war and me
Fell off the wall together, I was ten
Forever omelet, gelled and cooked right then
And nothing could unscramble that identity.
(World War One, a prelude to my view of things)
So when the cannons blast on a Remembrance Day
They celebrate, in spite of winterís gloom and grey,
The song of good, of life; which, in me, God sings
And it has served me well. I daily raise my voice
To give lament or offer praise
These many years and many days
And act upon the opportunities for choice
And. the while, the mixture has held strong -
history struggling hard and working out
muddling through, for thatís what itís about.
No need to stray, from where I yet I belong
England, God and me and war and good
Each lit the others; bright and strong we stood.
Lt.Col., The Reverend Canon John Fletcher