Sunday, August 21, 2016

Poetry Pantry #316

Photos of France (2)
by Mary

Omaha Beach, Normandy,
a site of the Allied D-Day
landing  in France
on June 6, 1944

American Cemetery, Colleville Sur-Mer, where many who died
in France D-Day and after are buried

Some of the 9000 American graves

A grave of a soldier who died
right ON D-Day...June 6, 1944
(Double click to enlarge photo)

A jacket of General Dwight D. Eisenhower,
Supreme commander of the Allied Forces
at this time

Note the 'parachutist' hanging with
his parachute from the church steeple.
This is a model, but the situation
actually happened.  The parachutist
pretended to be dead, was eventually rescued.


The Germans also have a cemetery in Normandy.
21,000 German soldiers are buried in this cemetery,
MANY more than in the American cemetry.
Young people from German peace organization
 working to clean gravestones in
the German cemetry

A monument in the German cemetery

Greetings, Poets..

This week I am sharing another set of photos of France.  These were some that I took during my time in Normandy visiting some of the D-Day sites.  Really seeing the area that the D-Day invasion took place was very moving.  So much loss of life though (on both sides), but one doesn't want to think of what might have happened if it had not taken place.

In case you didn't read Rosemary's feature this week, please scroll back and read it.  She shares one of her OWN poems for her "I Wish I'd Written This" series, and if you read her post you will understand why.     Rosemary also mentioned that she will be posting her features only the first and third Fridays of each month (and on the fifth Friday if there is one).  They will vary.  Sometimes "The Living Dead."  Sometimes "I Wish I'd Written This."  Sometimes "Moonlight Musings."

So many of you enjoyed Susan's "Cats" prompt for Midweek Motif this past week.  This next Wednesday Sumana will be prompting us to write about "Blessings."

Monday, don't miss Sherry's chat with Sumana.  I don't think you will be able to read it without being deeply moved.

With no delay now, let's share poetry.  Link your one poem below, leave a comment, and visit others who have linked.  Have a great poetic week!


  1. Good morning... So many memories in those crosses... Touching.

  2. This is a good reminder. It seems so obvious--that war takes from everyone involved--that too many times we forget about the losses of the other side. We must remember...

  3. Fascinating photos, Mary. 14,000 Canadians landed on Normandy's Juno Beach on D-Day. In a country of millions - even way back then - 14,000. My Dad was one of them. It affected him tremendously. (He was just 23 years old and actually, in some sort of medic capacity which, I gather, meant run-for-your-life, while trying to save your comrades.) Though he never once spoke of it to me, my Mother always said that he came back a completely changed man. Many times, growing up, I wondered who he would have been if he hadn't been one of the 14,000. He wrote a lot of poetry before Normandy (a few pieces of which I still have). After Normandy he didn't write anything.

    1. Two of my uncles served in that war, and it certainly changed them. Very interesting information, Wendy. Thanks. 14,000 is a large number, given our populations were smaller back then.

  4. Thanks for shaing with us your holiday pics'. I've been told that the atmosphere around these memorials is quite thought prevoking.

  5. Thank you for another pantry - and some powerful photos Mary

  6. Hello everyone,

    Such powerful and touching photographs this week, Mary thank you so much for sharing them with us. Hope you guys are having an amazing day so far :D sharing a tanka today. Its a beautiful evening in K.L :D

    Lots of love,

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    1. The monument above that moved most--besides the vastness of the fields, that is--is the parachutist! To memorialize some who survived! Someday I will visit. Beautiful photos.

  8. will be taking my time reading the poems today as need to do other things like eat and exercise!
    p.s. moving images Mary (not least the parachutist at Arnheim) but as you say what would the world have been without mobilising against that most evil of powers?

  9. Good morning once again! Great to see so many visitors already!

  10. good day, everyone! it's good to be back posting. :)
    thanks for sharing these pictures of Normandy. even we in this part of the world should be grateful for the Allied landings on those beaches. our political landscape would have been vastly different if that had not happened.

  11. Hi every one, moving images from north france.

  12. Good morning to all, thanks for sharing, Mary...touching photos...
    Happy Sun-day!

  13. so much emotion in every single of them...thank you for the share Mary.. a bit late to the party today...a happy Sunday to you all :)

  14. These are incredibly moving, Mary.

  15. Good morning, kids, and thank you for the moving photos, Mary. I am looking forward to reading everyone's poems this morning and also to tomorrow's chat with Sumana! Have a great day everyone!

  16. Lovely pictures Mary. It looks like you made the most out of your vacation.
    Hope you and all are having a great Sunday.

  17. Good morning everyone. Looking forward to reading!

  18. Yes, great pictures. And thanks for referring people back to my last. Meanwhile I've been having so much fun reading the poems, now that I've finally got to it, I nearly forgot to comment here!

  19. Hi guys. Will try to read all but law school beckons!


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