For all the stars in heaven

Stars at night

If all the stars that look down on me tonight could hear my prayers would they put things right. If every grain of sand beneath my feet were to to take my life and then repeat could they ever make me complete.

But ifs and buts pull no deeds so I must work on at what my life needs. So each day I take the trudge, but believe me I hold no grudge. But oh! I wish for someone to love me and we could set each other free.

By all the stars in heaven above I would so dearly want someone to love. No I have children who I hold so dear and a loved partner when he is here …..  But no one who loves me just for me. No one  who loves me enough to set me free.

I love my man more than he loves me and that is something plain to see . For he not always here with me. Am I really not as she I have done my best. I have set him free.

So all the stars that look down on me to night look down with love for me. Fill my empty heart and let me run free.

Journal For Poetry Challenge# 8/04/2012

Dunkik

After Dunkirk

June 4, 1940

We shall not flag nor fail, we shall go on to the end,

We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans,

We shall fight with confidence and growing strength in the air,

We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be.

We shall fight on the beaches, landing grounds, in fields,

in streets, and on the hills.

We shall never surrender and even if,

which I do not for the moment believe, this island,

or a large part of it, were subjugated and starving,

then our Empire beyond the sea,

“armed and guarded by the British Fleet”,

will carry on the struggle, until in God’s good time,

the New World, with all it’s power and might,

sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the old.

Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill   Below is a clipping from Wikipidia  There is so much to say about this man and  I though that Wiki said it best

Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer; his mother, Jenny Jerome, was an American socialite. As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Sudan, and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote books about his campaigns.

At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of the Asquith Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign, which he had sponsored, caused his departure from government.[neutrality is disputed] He then briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air. After the War, Churchill served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative (Baldwin) government of 1924–29, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy. Also controversial were Churchill’s opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII.

Out of office and politically “in the wilderness” during the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and in campaigning for rearmament. On the outbreak of the Second World War, he was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. His steadfast refusal to consider defeat, surrender, or a compromise peace helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult early days of the War when Britain stood alone in its active opposition to Hitler. Churchill was particularly noted for his speeches and radio broadcasts, which helped inspire the British people. He led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.

After the Conservative Party lost the 1945 election, he became Leader of the Opposition. In 1951, he again became Prime Minister, before retiring in 1955. Upon his death, Elizabeth II granted him the honour of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history.[1] Named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential persons in British history.

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Dieppe Gefallen

We tried the same two years ago,

To smash this Nazi’s wall,

And tho we failed to overthrow,

We made a decent haul.

By haul, I mean statistics and types of craft to use,

The strength of Jerries’ wire, the layout of the beach,

The calibre of his cannon, the timing of each fuse,

All this and more – they took – to learn – and then to teach.

And now it seems our effort – was worth it after all,

Yet while they took it from the land, – they didn’t break the wall,

Now who did solve this problem? That’s what I’m waiting for,

The men who died in forty-two – or the boys of forty-four.

T. Fulthorpe,

H.M.S/M Sahib

HMS/M Sahib Photo Credits wikipedia

 

I cannot find anything about T. Fulthorpe, so we shall just have to accept he was a submariner as he mentioned the name of his ship. So I found a photo of the submarine.

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I do not need to say much about these two entries . Churchill’s  speech says it all and it is good to see it in it’s entirety and not miss quoted and out of context. Many mistakes were made at Dunkirk. Many mistakes were made all through the war on both sides.

 

The second poem by T Fulthorpe shows how mistakes were made and remade and claimed as victories air brushing ( or the 1940’s equivalent ) the number of dead.  Yes many mistakes were made a Dieppe too.

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Poetry Challenge #7 is to create a journal of links and your reactions to poems by established (living or dead poets.) Details are here.  Example response is here. Mr. Linky for Challenge #7 is directly below:

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