For The Fallen.

For the Fallen
Robert Laurence Binyon, by artist William Strang.

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

October.

This past week has been a flurry of activity; writing an assignment up for my latest OU course, writing for myself and of course other tasks that need seeing to.  I had intended to write a post, similar to the one I did at the end of September, on Friday but somehow I ran out of hours!

I did say last month that I would probably go with my own format – I’ve been working on my own self esteem for a while now and I feel it is high time I branched out into areas where I have long said I would – and after all of my revelations and change in attitude, I think now is as good a time as any to do just that.

What have I been up to in October:

During October I took part in a writing challenge, using the cards from the major arcana as prompts – I haven’t actually finished my foray into this delightful challenge yet as time was not on my side.  What I did manage to write about really helped me unlock the inner me who was clawing at the more reserved me, itching to get out and take on the world!  I let her out and after a few weeks of adjustment I can finally say I am beginning to live life how I really want to.  Who knew that all it would take was me to let go?

During October I finished reading Women Who Run With Wolves, as well as the book by Helyn Connerr.  I read a couple of review books – just need to write up the reviews for them now – and one or two Mills and Boon, I figured I needed to reacquaint myself with that format as I am half way through a book that will be sent to them.  I also sat down and went through my endless lists of story ideas and I am both amazed and in awe of my creativity – how did I not know I was so creative?  The book I am currently reading is a review book – The Vicar’s Wife.

The music I have been listening to in October:  I listen to an awful lot of music, especially when I am writing – it helps the creative juices to flow.  Mostly it is a random playlist I have saved on Deezer that I play on shuffle.  This helps me concentrate, I don’t have to think about what is coming on next.  Towards mid October I found I was in love with several U2 songs – in particular quite a few from their 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire, and a playlist I created of my favourite U2 songs.  I particularly love a song called Electrical Storm –

  and a song called Promenade  –
    I am still loving a song from U2’s new album, the one that they snuck onto everyone’s IPhones!  The song is called Iris –    www.youtubh?v=xA7DNe.com/watcaWPnsI

I have just started watching – right at the end of October – a sci-fi/fantasy program called Dominion.  It is just amazing.  I’m also watching all of my current favourites – Dr. Who, Haven, Witches Of East End, The Originals.

Plans for the coming month:  My plans for this month are going to revolve around decorating and writing.  I set a deadline for my book to be completed and ready to be sent to the publisher, that deadline is February 14th 2015 – gives me enough time to have sick days and stress days!  I also have Uni work to get through and umpteen other mundane things that make up my life.

I have recently rediscovered filofax.  How on earth have I managed without one for so long?  I actually have two, one for personal stuff and one for writing related stuff – including Uni.

Last month was all about raising awareness for rape victims and victims of Domestic Violence.  We should not have to feel ashamed of what has happened to us, we should be allowed as much time as we need to hurt and grieve for what we have lost at the hands of these monsters.  With that in mind I am going to be looking into a new cause:

http://www.reclaimthenight.co.uk/

This is something my eldest daughter is interested in organising for this area.  I am also interested in raising funds for http://www.westcumbriarapecrisis.co.uk/ and looking to see what it would take to set up a Rape Crisis in Carlisle.

After the huge support I received last month when I opened up about my trauma, I felt it was only fitting that something positive rose out of this, and that is why this month I am interested in taking things to the next step.