Carpe Diem Haiku Distillation, John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”

As Chevrefeuille says, the goal of this CD-Distillation is to “distil” a haiku from the long-poem in this case “In Flanders Fields”. It’s a challenge of course, but even the classical haiku-poets used parts of other poems in their haiku … so it’s a classic way of writing haiku to distil haiku from a long poem. Why don’t you join in, dear reader, if you haven’t yet!


In Flanders Field

 by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

on the crosses sit the birds
that watch over the fallen of Flanders
from where the poppies grow

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4 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Haiku Distillation, John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”

  1. Beautiful.. I see the birds and hear them sing songs of hope..


  2. what a strong scene you paint

  3. Wow! I am in awe and speechless … I bow for you in adoration Managua … what a strong and beautiful distillation …Thank you for sharing my dear friend.

  4. I like that you bring back the birds.. something still alive on those crosses

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