Jane Croft poet

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Travel Theme

On Visiting Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand


It seemed a fitting testament to death:

a peaceful haven, green with birdsong, where

the heat was drenched with scent; the dreaming breath

of perfumed flowers embalming sunlit air.

The sounds of war were sixty years away,

but row on row of graves affirmed their truth

and stood in silent witness to convey

their names, those lost battalions of youth.

It might have been a time for sad surmise,

except that every bloom on shrub and tree

was host to myriad painted butterflies;

a multitude in vibrant company.

The more I looked, the more that quiet ground

embodied hope – and something more profound.