Poetry Friday: In Flanders Fields; An Inspired Found Fibonacci


Great poetry can be found at Jama’s Alphabet Soup today.  Thank you, Jama.

Tomorrow’s is Veteran’s Day.  I love the poem by  John McCrae, In Flanders Fields.  Today I share it as inspiration for a found Fibonacci poem.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

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.

poppies blow,
crosses mark our place.
The Dead felt dawn. Loved and were loved.
In Flanders fields, take up the foe,
the torch, hold it high.
Ye break faith
who die

©jone rush macculloch

Thank you to all who have served our country.


I will have details about the New Year Poem Postcard Exchange next Friday.  Plus I’ll share some art postcards I recently received.

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10 Responses to Poetry Friday: In Flanders Fields; An Inspired Found Fibonacci

  1. Donna Smith says:

    Sweetly and respectfully found and reconstructed as a Fibonacci. Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to your postcard exchange, too!

  2. I like that your poem continues to sing the song of the soldiers that fought in Flanders Field, strong take on McCrae’s poem Jone, thanks for sharing his and yours!

  3. Lovely, both the original and your distillation.

  4. I’ve always loved the McCrae poem, and love that you’ve found a poem within, Jone. Thanks for sharing.

  5. maryleehahn says:

    The horror and sacrifice of war…when will it end?

  6. Both McCrae’s poem and yours that you “found” within it are beautiful and heartbreaking

  7. lindabaie says:

    It is a favorite poem of mine, Jone, and you’ve kept the heart of it in your poem, too. Thank you for spending time honoring those who have gone because of war.

  8. jama says:

    Thank you for this wonderful found poem, Jone. “In Flanders Fields” was one of the first poems I memorized in school. As the years pass, it gets sadder each time I reread it.

  9. What a beautiful way to honor the day, Jone! I’m astounded that you were able to keep to the order of the words you found for your fib.

  10. mbhmaine says:

    I’ve always found John McCrae’s poem heartbreaking. I’m so glad you shared it today and that you used it as a springboard for your beautiful Fibonacci poem. You’ve reminded me how powerful a found poem can be.

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