M.Hamel gravelly engraved?
‘Vive la France’
Urge to learn French provoked.
Air revived with gratitude,
As unequaled marched through the rows,
Fed me a primer,
A desire indeed.
The uttered phrase echoed,
“We could be enslaved till we hold fast to our language.”
Lumps in lungs,
Mewling tears full of-Gratitude,
“Freedom being our heredity”
“Life without liberty is living dead”
German master put in an appearance,
Bornt the new me,
Let slip the old idle.
All those years hatin’
Flashed, got me regrettin’
Grieved, a clap of thunder-struck,
Will they make them sing in German, even the pigeons?
The time came 1873,
I, sluggish but sensitive,
As a kid, Adored playing in nature,
Language river mustn’t wane.
This poem is dedicated to Franz who was a great human after all. I named this “Craving to reverse” because of these two reasons :
- In the days of the Franco-Prussian War(1870-1871), France was defeated by Prussia led by Bismark. French districts of Alsace and Lorraine were into Prussian hands. After M.Hamel read the primer, fire lit in Franz’s eyes telling M.Hamel that he will learn French(as by now he knows the importance).
- The poem written by me is in reverse order of incidents that happened on the following day.
This lesson and research have taught me a lot about war and patriotism.
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