Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter 2011: Three Perspectives

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born. ~Alice Freeman Palmer

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day. Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere, Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn? ~ Hugh Mackay
(I am mindful of how blogging instantly transmits messages around the world and from pole to pole.)

In Memoriam (Easter, 1915- two years into World War 1)

The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts,
should Have gathered them and will do never again.

~Edward Thomas 1878-1917

Thomas and his unit reached Flanders in early 1917 and he was killed on Easter Monday (April 9th) on the first day of the Battle of Arras.