This week’s theme, Converge, is found at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/converge/.

English: Ghosts of Vimy Ridge depicts ghosts o...
English: Ghosts of Vimy Ridge depicts ghosts of the Canadian Corps on Vimy Ridge surrounding the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Oil on canvas, 138 x 270.2 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The visual impact of items in the landscape never ceases to amaze me. Monuments, in particular, have a way of grabbing my attention. Vimy Ridge memorial is such a one, planted in the turf of WWI battles in which Canadian soldiers fought. The dual-towered structure is awe-inspiring. You can check it out at this link: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/overseas/first-world-war/france/vimy/vmemory.

A few years ago, I visited the site with a study tour. Vimy was under repair but our group was authorized to don some safety helmets and tour the construction. It was amazing to see!






Seeing the memorial, walking the grounds, inspired me to write this poem — originally, it is set in two columns but can’t figure out how to do this in my post.  Note: Sadly, the monument was officially opened in 1936, not long before the second world war began. The world was already in turmoil.

Tall and white
They stood
Just finished
Flashes of fascism
Took hold
No one
Heeded the warnings
Of carvers at work–
For those who were lost
The price of their souls
Can never be told.

© Patricia A. McGoldrick

For those looking for a related winter read, check out Jane Urquhart‘s book, The Stone Carvers.

Have a great weekend!



In this neighbourhood, rounded off to include most of the northeastern sector of North America, there are two topics of conversation and news reporting:

  1. Weather — mostly snow
  2. Olympics — medal counts and anecdotes

This week, the weather is actually worse someplace else. The ice and snow are devastating the southeastern  states and heading for eastern Canada. Winter storms are part of the season for this central Canadian province but, for southern climes, I am sure that the colder elements are not part of their usual lifestyle. Wishing safekeeping to all who are experiencing these winter challenges.

Right here, we have had a few days without precipitation but the overall appearance of our streets and houses is one of white, white, white as I summed up in a few words:

snow here and there   everywhere    nowhere is without snow

That being stated in prose and poem, the other current topic of conversation is the Olympics. From the fears of prejudice and possible terrorism to concern for ownerless dogs, many of us looked to the Olympics with a great deal of apprehension. The days are moving on with some amazing athletic performances, team spirit, joy and angst. It has been wonderful to see these individuals strive to do their best. Most heartwarming, perhaps, has been the reaching out to each other by these athletes and yes, even extending a helping hand to some of the canines who managed to survive the efforts to reduce their numbers. These are truly golden moments!

Have a great weekend, All!

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