Sunday, November 14, 2010

Remembrance Sunday 2010: Anahorish 1944

“We were killing pigs when the Americans arrived.
A Tuesday morning, sunlight and gutter-blood
Outside the slaughterhouse. From the main road
They would have heard the squealing,
Then heard it stop and had a view of us
In our gloves and aprons coming down the hill.
Two lines of them, guns on their shoulders, marching.
 Armoured cars and tanks and open jeeps.
Sunburnt hands and arms. Unknown, unnamed,
Hosting for Normandy.
        Not that we knew then
Where they were headed, standing there like
As they tossed us gum and tubes of coloured sweets.”

Seamus Heaney

Sword Beach at dawn 2010

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