".... Their sons grow suicidally beautiful
At the beginning of October,
And gallop terribly against each other's bodies."
|Robert Capa, photographer, Normandy, France|
Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields,
See how these names are fêted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.
Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun
And left the vivid air signed with their honour.
Stephen Spender, from The Truly Great