Danny Draper

Freshman - 716 Points (14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Menin Gate Commemoration 28 December 2011 - Poem by Danny Draper

8: 00 pm:
The gate closed to mundane daily comings and goings,
Those gathered fidgeted with small talk in anticipation
Names in precisely incised rolls clothed cavernous walls for
Those extinguished, expunged from the ordinary, their
Wasted blood in nearby fields long since leached away
And the vintage war with horses and wagons
Gas and brittle and unreliable machines
as good as ancient history from a distant millennia.

A mixed crowd fell silent beneath Menin Gate,
the Last Post reverberated in crisp night air
Solemn peace connected cultures
A new paradigm away from religion and ideology,
Secular with smudged borders where
Nationalism and expansionism have no currency
Where those once connected only in death
Are interconnected globally by trade and friendship,
While governments guard borders and self-interest
Driven by the old entrenched paradigms,
The people build and enmesh humanity
Progress change by the common good
Under global markets where business is online
Freely conducted nowhere but everywhere instantly
And social media builds and webs a global community,
People move around the world by need or choice and
nationality remains as a passé concept or
A nod to roots or origin,
Or consequence of geography, a
perfunctory necessity for planning,
Cultures blend through friendship and knowledge,
Old boundaries and old hatreds,
Old contrivances of whipped up
Xenophobic stereotypes and scape goats
Seem ever more meaningless
and it's seeds increasingly sterile.
Exploitation is now market driven
But will pass by the peoples’ will.

Those that gave and later forgave
were the essence for today’s reality,
Known and unknown in the fertile Earth, they
lay at rest, assured in our memory.

Comments about Menin Gate Commemoration 28 December 2011 by Danny Draper

  • Susan Lacovara (10/27/2013 11:33:00 PM)

    Stunning how you are able to script such life into the sadness of sacrifice...while politicians are endlessly on parade, who pays the true costs of freedom? Though our conversations are limited to tiny typed paragraphs, they bring me great satisfaction of sharing stimulating thoughts. Steer me to more of your poems..I patiently await. Night ends with warm wishes for you Danny. PEACE (Report) Reply

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  • (2/28/2012 12:20:00 AM)

    A fantastic tribute to peace, and a fantastic poem.
    A great write.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, January 30, 2012

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