Sunday, July 22, 2007

Commonwealth war cemetery- Flanders Field

We went wandering one night while staying in Mesen and the light ... the light was truly stunning!

I might not have captured it as I experienced it but this was an attempt.


Anil P said...

The symmetry must surely give lie to the chaos of their parting.

It is almost as if the serenity of the cemetery glosses over the violence of their end!

What an irony!

womanwandering said...

You're right Anil and yes, I had forgotten in some ways. There is a real sense of peace in those commonwealth cemeteries but for me, it was very much mixed with ideas of who those young men were way back then. I can imagine them young strong and vital, out for the adventure of it all.

I've also visited a German cemetery in Belgium and there is no peace there ... perhaps the commonwealth soldiers gain what they lost as they died.

Being there for those 5 days, I felt accompanied by ghosts, those curious, happy, mockingly humour-filled boys and men from New Zealand and Australia and other places too and I found myself wondering what they would be making of all the fuss over those days of commemoration.