At the entrance to the Maritime Museum in the City of Culture 2017:
Today’s word is darkness and I am continuing the war theme from yesterday’s post.
My picture is of the Ardrossan War Memorial, taken earlier this afternoon on a grey and stormy day.
I am posting it in black and white, as the starkness of the cross stands as a poignant reminder of the darkness of war and of the suffering, pain and despair it brings.
Today’s word is silence.
My focus is on the silence of remembrance: my picture is the Dasher Memorial on Ardrossan Seafront.
On 27 March 1943, there was an explosion on board the HMS Dasher and 379 crew were lost to the sea. And every year, on Remembrance Sunday, we remember them in the silence.
A thoughtful piece as always from: New Kilpatrick Church:
You have to leave it to the silence
Silence doesn’t let you explain
nor does it let you say sorry
nor does it let you define it all
It just leaves you with all the undefined and disorganised rawness:
the confusion and anger
the pain and loss
the unanswered questions
so that we hardly know how to respond
this can be the only real way to be genuinely moved
by the cost of every war
and while we stand in all our dignity
inside there is a chaos of images
and a tangle of questions
that makes us wonder what we do
that is only right
If we knew what it is we do
if we really knew
and if we understood why
we wouldn’t be silent every November
We wouldn’t need to