‘War and Peace.’ November 11th. 2014
Our meeting on the 11th day of the 11th month appropriately took “War and Peace” as its theme. Poems read ranged over World Wars 1 and 2, the Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation, Vietnam and Afghanistan. We heard the moving “My Boy Jack” (Kipling) and “The Christmas Truce” (Duffy) and the harrowing “An Alternative History of the Destruction of Dresden by Fire” (Powers) along with poems of peace such as “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (Yeats) and “The Horses” (Muir). Two of our members recalled their experiences of being in Berlin on separate occasions when the Wall first went up and when it came down. One read “Die Mauer Ist Runter” by Dick Jones. Altogether a sombre but uplifting afternoon.
President Diane had news that Langley Park Girls’ School would like to build a relationship with us following our successful partnership with the Boys’ School. We are invited to attend a remembrance event on 24th November. Details from Diane