Lost beauty

In 1916 during the Battle of Verdun, Franz Marc was killed by a shell splinter in the head. He was thirty six.




After the guns

silence of the wounded earth

sound of tears falling.



Dream of horses

galloping hills of green light

peace falls.


The dark will come

the agony of all things

on this murdered earth


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

25 thoughts on “Lost beauty”

      1. I’ve just come back from lighting the beacon. So glad it was all about not letting the lives lost be forgotten and learning from it so that we have peace for the future.

      2. I think we are (in some parts of the world) getting more cynical about the motivations of our leaders. Perhaps we wouldn’t flock to the banners like sheep to the slaughter another time.

    1. They all had far too much of it. I think my great-grandmother had a brother who lost an arm on the Somme. They never talked about it. Great grandad’s brother in law was called up when he was already a father of four small children. The machine was hungry.

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