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Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, Poetry, WW2 | 0 comments

A poem, “Requiem”, was hiding in the old family Bible.
It was written by Reta Laffin on the 50th anniversary of D Day
The poem is a tribute to fallen family members in WW2:
Willis Neil, Wilfred Densmore, and Frank Tomlinson of East Noel, Canada

But first, Longfellow praise for the humble poem:

“Come read to me some poem
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.
Not from the grand old masters.
Not from the bards sublime.
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.
For, like strains of martial music.
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.
Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart.
As showers from the clouds of summer
Or tears from the eyelids start.”
Longfellow, 1825

REQUIEM by Reta Laffin
(It’s 2 pages, 2 thumbnails)

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