Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Three Word Wednesday- Vimy Ridge-100 years

Gloomy, adjective: ark, shadowy, sunless, dim, somber, dingy, dismal, dreary, murky, unwelcoming, cheerless, comfortless, funereal, despondent, downcast, downhearted, dejected, dispirited, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, crestfallen; depressed, desolate, low, sad, unhappy, glum, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, forlorn, morose; informal blue, down in/at the mouth, down in the dumps, pessimistic, depressing, downbeat, disheartening, disappointing; unfavorable, bleak, bad, black, somber, grim, cheerless, hopeless.
Haunted, adjective: possessed, cursed; ghostly, eerie, scary, tormented, anguished, troubled, tortured, worried, disturbed.
Intense, adjective: extreme, great, acute, fierce, severe, high; exceptional, extraordinary; harsh, strong, powerful, potent, overpowering, vigorous, passionate, impassioned, ardent, fervent, zealous, vehement, fiery, emotional; earnest, eager, animated, spirited, vigorous, energetic, fanatical, committed. information on the


Information on the battle of Vimy Ridge April 9-12, 2017 see: http://www.warmuseum.ca/the-battle-of-vimy-ridge/


Vimy Ridge- 100 years 

Gloomy, haunted, and intense
Vimy Ridge protected with artillery
It’s view a gift to German troops
Their ability to see all
Kept the ridge from allied troops
The Canadians sent to take it back
Came in like a railroad train
A barrage of machine-gunners,
Rifle-men and grenade-throwers
Fought bravely to succeed
Pounding the enemy
Incredible bravery and discipline
Even when those in charge were killed
They battered on, weary and threadbare
Four days of hell and death
All four Canadian divisions attacked together

Win the battle to advance
To win the war
A decisive battle over hundred years ago
The sacrifice of our men
A country’s men united to take the ridge
Hill 145 the land
The Canadians lived and died for
Became a monument
To those brave men
A gravestone
A poignant reminder
Of 11,285 Canadian soldiers
Killed in France
No known graves
Forever remembered
In our hearts and minds

We thank them still.
©Sheilagh Lee March 29 ,2017

3 comments:

  1. Marvelous reminder and tribute to "The war to end war" (So sad)

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  2. A wonderful tribute. These men made the ultimate sacrifice. It is good of you to remember them. Thank you.

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