|England Expects Every Man To Do His Duty
||[Nov. 11th, 2013|09:24 am]
11 November 2013|
In keeping with my usual obsession with mortality, I present something I'd never met before. This was the poem in Friday's Writer's Almanac.
by Kirsten Dierking
At the naval museum I look at Nelson's uniform, the one
he was wearing the day he was killed, and the bullet's damage
to the blue coat is surprisingly slight.
Just before he died he said thank God I have done my duty.
He must have been a little afraid of not being able to do
the heroic work required of him.
It's a lovely day in late March, the sun and daffodils are out.
We walk to the observatory, straddle the prime meridian,
try to feel our blood flowing back and forth between hemispheres.
There's a lot of laughter, young people clowning around,
adults striking silly poses for photographs. And why not?
One day, won't we all have to be brave?
2013-11-12 01:37 pm (UTC)
From where I stand , you've been brave for nearly 50 years now .
Very inspirational to me I might add .