Thursday, July 22, 2010

Election Armistice - Another Fallen

Yesterday, the momentum of the Australian election campaign took a break.  By mutual consent, the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader paused their campaigns while they attended the funeral of Private Nathan Bewes, who was recently killed in Afghanistan.  This is a fairly recent tradition adopted by Australian political leaders.  It is to be commended,.

In the shadow of their humble grief
Joined by loss beyond belief
The people gather at the dawning
To remember, and do the mourning
For a life so freely given - we are beholden.

And the mighty came to share the caring
A day departed from campaign blaring
With a shoulder shared, a tear descending
Another day of tribal remembering
Of a life so freely given - or was it stolen?

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