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More to Life than Death...



From Litir à Clann (Family Newsletter), April/May 1995 (Vol. 2 No. 25), ISSN 1188-3111, edited by R.M. "Mac" Sinclair, CSAC Honourary President.


There is more to life than death...
      Though death is real,
There is more to truth than memory...
      Though memory is the light of truth.

When I close my eyes....
      I see the faces of friends,
            and when we parted.
      I see all the good times,
            and the bad.
      I see victory shine,
            and dull defeat.

When I open my ears...
      I hear the guns of battle,
            and wary silence.
      I hear the cheers and trumpets,
            and laments.
      I hear fresh warring,
            and mouths without memory.

When I bare my heart...
      I feel grief for immeasurable waste,
            and gratitude for a measure of freedom.
      I feel anger for those who will not listen
            and pity for those who cannot hear.

There is more to life than death...
      Though death is real.
There is more to truth than memory...
      Though memory is the light of truth.

                  ..... Malcolm Sinclair

 

(This poem was submitted by Gordon Sinclair. It is copied from the Remembrance Sunday service bulletin of the United Church of Canada, in Strathclair, Manitoba. We do not know who the author is, but expect it is the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair of Toronto. The poem is appropriate as we re-think war.)

 

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