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Written in the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate on the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme (in which my Grandfather fought).
"Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it".

Margate - Somme Centenary

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse01 Jul 2016

It splashed
Turner
as he bathed
in the light.

It rolls in slowly,
slowed,
inevitable,
viscous;

Wave upon wave
pushing
forwards,
wave upon wave.

We had a chance
to ride
this tide,
to make it

solid
as ice,
as fluid
as sunshine.

Now it rolls in
slowly,
slowed, inevitable,
viscous.

1st July '16