Men of Passchendaele
by Oonah V. Joslin
See, the flood flows under a crazy moon
Tree stumps like empty signposts yield
We trample the knowledge that death is unkind.
Copyright © 2017 by Oonah V. Joslin
[Editor’s note] Battles and wars mark turning points in history, sometimes expectedly, sometimes not. For example, Canada has, arguably, two national holidays: Canada Day, on July 1, and Remembrance Day, on November 11. The participation of Canadian troops in the battles of Vimy Ridge (April 1917) and Passchendaele (July to November 1917) marked the emerging perception of Canada as a nation in its own right rather than as merely a former British colony.