EDENBRAY in EXILE – 35 – love letters

‘Edenbray in Exile’

A Retrospective Anthology of 50 Poems, Articles and Essays

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Love Letters

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We take the scenes of lost refuge

and write them on our sleeves

Bend spoons we use as implements

like ancient man hiding in rocks

Pioneers caught somewhere between

bandits, lawyers and pilots

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We sat under the stars pulling wool

around us, throwing logs on fires

The sky prussian and chrome has lights

embedded ~ that shape your beauty

I scribbled on rough pieces of hemp I had

collected and wondered if it was you

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In the grey mid-distance lights shoot

and dance to the crackling gunfire

Maybe this is the moment I should stop now

~ we’ve said hello, so goodbye

And the summer sun will return to this

awful place and touch your brow

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writtenbyedenbray05.04.14

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#Authors Note : This is a War Poem – it was written 100 years after the ‘1st World War’ began.

28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918

It was written by someone who has absolutely no experience of War 1st hand. I wrote it as my own personal and pathetic remembrance of that horrific War as I wanted to make some personal connection and still write about something I think I know something about. It is a Love Poem.

During the so-called Great War it is estimated 21,391,452 people were killed or died.

edenbraytoday

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soldier-British-trench-Western-Front-World-War

The chart below provides estimates of the number of soldiers killed, wounded, and reported missing during World War I. Exact numbers are often disputed and are nearly impossible to determine for a variety of reasons. Different countries used different methods to count their dead and injured, and some methods were more reliable than others. Records of some countries were destroyed during the war and its aftermath. Also, some countries may have changed the number of casualties in their official records for political reasons. The numbers of civilians from each country killed during the war are even more difficult to estimate. The numbers in the chart reflect the estimates made by most historians today. ~ (chart borrowed from Facing History and Ourselves)

Country Total mobilized forces Killed or died

Wounded Prisoners or missing Total casualties
Allied Powers:
Russia 12,000,000 1,700,000 4,950,000 2,500,000 9,150,000
British Empire 8, 904,467 908,371 2,090,212 191,652 3,190,235
France

8,410,000 1,357,800 4,266,000 537,000 6,160,800
Italy 5,615,000 650,000 947,000 600,000 2,197,000
United States 4,734,991 116,516 204,002 —— 320,518
Japan 800,000 300 907 3 1210
Romania 750,000 335,706 120,000 80,000 535,706
Serbia 707,343 45,000 133,148 152,198 331,106
Canada

424,000 59,694 172,000 3,800

235,494
Belgium 267,000 13,716 44,686 34,659 93,061
Greece 230,000 5,000 21,000 1,000 27,000
Portugal 100,000 7,222 13,751 12,318 33,291
Montenegro 50,000 3,000 10,000 7,000 20,000
TOTALS 42,612,810 5,211,809 13,003,004 4,124,890 22,165,291
Central Powers:
Germany 11,000,000 1,773,700 4,216,058 1,152,800 7,142,558
Austria-Hungary 7,800,000 1,200,000 3,620,000 2,200,000 7,020,000
Turkey 2,850,000 325,000 400,000 250,000 975,000
Bulgaria 1,200,000 87,500 152,390 27,029 266,919
TOTALS 22,850,000 3,386,200 8,388,448 3,629,829 15,404,477
GRAND TOTALS 65,462,810 8,598,009 21,391,452 7,754,719 37,569,768

 

About edenbray

I've always enjoyed writing and that is all I want to do... .. . I’m not sure why I ever stopped, was it 9/11? .. . Edenbray is born ugly, wet and covered in blood, mucous and bodily functions. The effluence of my short life .. . I am a Writer and Artist - since 1966 - I'm now an avid Blogger ~ I write lots of poems, written essays, articles, reviews, opinion + comment .. . I have published many of my poems in booklets ... please ask for details or just join the shebang by leaving me a marker with a 'like' or a comment for my ego and my encouragement :- thank you so much for listening ~ edenbray
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