Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Light Cartoons, Weighty Recollections.

A cartoon or two, a spoonful of poetry, a pertinent photograph - all bring to mind something astrological or something significant.

I raided the husband's bookshelves for the cartoons: "Cartoon Cavalcade" (1943), "Crazy Cartoons" by Vip" (1956), and "Cartoon Treasury" (1955).

(SAGITTARIUS - of course!)

Cartoon by T.S. Sullivant


(Ought to be MERCURY but it's Jupiter, or maybe Zeus - crossed lines again!)
"It's that man from the telephone office."
Cartoon by John Frazer in The Texas Ranger.



Cartoon by Vip.


And on a very serious note - 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month:



No visit to a gracious Queen,
no presentation honouring the dead.

The day his medal came
her fingers fumbled with the padded envelope;
ribbon and steel dropped from her hand,
another piece rolled out of sight.

When they came home they found her there,
tears falling on the polished floor,
trying to fit the fragments of her son,
to make sense of the scattered jigsaw
of his life.

Home-assembly decoration kits
by order of a grateful Government,
broken like the bodies
they were made to celebrate.

But then he was, at seventeen, hardly a soldier.
Just a name and number in the power game.
Mail-order hero of a battle scene.


Loonsounds said...

sad sad sad sad sad.

Twilight said...

Yes - hearbreaking, Loonsounds, simply heartbreaking.

anthonynorth said...

That poem was excellent. I recall a slogan used by some during WWI:

A bayonet is a weapon with a worker at each end.

Twilight said...

AN - I haven't heard that one before. How true it is!