ANZAC EYES

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Vic Jefferies
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ANZAC EYES

Post by Vic Jefferies » Mon May 23, 2016 12:20 pm

My favourite CJ Dennis lines. I should imagine that after men returned from Gallipoli and the First World War they would certainly have had a different appearance:

An' when I ask Mar Flood she sighs--
An' sez 'e's got the Anzac eyes.

She sez 'e's got them soldier's eyes
That makes 'er own eyes wet.

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Re: ANZAC EYES

Post by Maureen K Clifford » Tue May 24, 2016 8:55 am

It's sad that we still have men and women coming back to this country and to countries of many nations with Anzac eyes ...around the world mothers weep
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Re: ANZAC EYES

Post by Vic Jefferies » Tue May 24, 2016 11:04 am

Couldn't agree more Maureen, but it seems it is the way of the world and was ever thus. However, I think CJ Dennis captured the whole disaster with the simple lines,
"An' when I ask Mar Flood she sighs--
An' sez 'e's got the Anzac eyes."
We now know what unspeakable things those eyes must have seen.

Heather

Re: ANZAC EYES

Post by Heather » Wed May 25, 2016 12:05 pm

Those few lines say so much Vic.

After Black Saturday I saw that same look in the eyes of people who had been through unspeakable terror during the fire. At the time I didn't realise what it was but I now know it was shock and I can see it in the eyes of people in photographs. It's something I will never forget.

Heather :)

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