Life in Newburgh on Ythan

By Talpa

The season of remembrance

"I dreamed kind Jesus fouled the big-gun gears;
And caused a permanent stoppage in all bolts;
And buckled with a smile Mausers and Colts;
And rusted every bayonet with His tears.

And there were no more bombs, of ours or Theirs,
Not even an old flint-lock, nor even a pikel.
But God was vexed, and gave all power to Michael;
And when I woke he'd seen to our repairs."

Soldier's Dream by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918); written in October 1917 in Craiglockhart, a suburb in the south-west of Edinburgh, where the author was recovering from shell shock.

This cross of remembrance has just been erected in from of our Holyrood Chapel.

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