Friday 11th November 2022
Marking the Armistice, this year I offer a single poem. Although written with the invasion of Ukraine in mind, Simon Armitage, the Poet Laureate, has crafted something that could be applied to most conflicts and war in its many dreadful manifestations. Recognising that there have been, and continue to be, acts of barbarity, hostility and genocide since the Armistice of 2018 - and which we forget or ignore at our peril – whether in Yemen or Iraq or Syria or the Falklands or Afghanistan or Sudan or Vietnam or Bosnia or Eritrea or …. or… or… we seem to be condemned to repeat the same horrific mistakes, time after time. As Armitage says, “It’s war again”, albeit with a glimmer of salvation in the final words.