100th Anniversary of the ANZACs withdrawal from Gallipoli

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Vic Jefferies
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100th Anniversary of the ANZACs withdrawal from Gallipoli

Post by Vic Jefferies » Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:52 pm

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC troops final withdrawal from Gallipoli. There cannot be a finer poem than Leon Gellert's, Anzac Cove to mark the occasion given that Gellert served there:

ANZAC COVE
There’s a lonely stretch of hillocks:
There’s a beach asleep and drear:
There’s a battered broken fort beside the sea.
There are sunken trampled graves:
And a little rotting pier:
And winding paths that wind unceasingly.
There’s a torn and silent valley:
There’s a tiny rivulet
With some blood upon the stones beside its mouth.
There are lines of buried bones:
There’s an unpaid waiting debt :
There’s a sound of gentle sobbing in the South.
Leon Gellert

Heather

Re: 100th Anniversary of the ANZACs withdrawal from Gallipol

Post by Heather » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:34 pm

It's a great little poem Vic - one of my favourites and I think Gellert's best. The withdrawal from Gallipoli was an amazing feat.

Heather :)

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Re: 100th Anniversary of the ANZACs withdrawal from Gallipol

Post by mummsie » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:48 pm

Always been one of my favourites Vic. This was the very first poem I learnt to recite. I was nine years old. I was some years older before I fathomed the real meaning of the words.
Sue
the door is always open, the kettles always on, my shoulders here to cry on, i'll not judge who's right or wrong.

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