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Friday, November 11, 2022

Remembrance Day Haiku

to Bertrand Russell who claimed, War does not determine who is right – only who is left

shifting shadows
on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Remembrance Day 

FYI: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Canada), Wikipedia: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (French: Tombe du Soldat Inconnu) is a tomb situated before the National War Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario. The tomb is dedicated to Canadian service members, and holds the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in France during the First World War; selected from a Commonwealth War Grave near Vimy, in the vicinity where the Battle of Vimy Ridge took place...

Added: written on Remembrance Day, a day celebrated in our consumer society where there is a growing gap between the rich and the poor:

Thank God it's Friday!
the shadows of shoppers pass
over a homeless vet