at Bayeux the invasion fleet—
magnificent in woven green and gold—
its bloody destiny to free
England from a coming age of darkness;
hourly at Arromanches the invasion fleet—
in IMAX vision and surrounding sound—
to its bloody destiny to free
England from a coming age of darkness
plough back Norman blood into this landscape—
as grey as newsreel, flat as tapestry—
always here at Douvres-la-Délivrande
British and German souls lie quietly,
conquest done, ambition satisfied,
mingled in European earth forever.
Tessa's great uncle George is buried in the First World War cemetery at Douvres-la-Délivrande.
© Godfrey Rust 1997, email@example.com. See here for permissions.