Bournville Quaker Claire Bowman has written this impromptu poem for their Remembrance Day Meditation, which Quakers might like to use in our reflections this Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. It starts with a translation of the words of the Pie Jesu, hence the title.
Pie Jesu 2021
Holy Jesus, Lord, Grant them rest, eternal rest Rest to all those traumatised by war Death in the fighting, And of all that went before Homes destroyed and pillaged The countryside laid waste Can we bear to empathise With everything they faced? Brave soldiers set out daringly To kill and wound and maim And on the other side are warriors Doing just the same Across the world are mothers, children, brothers, sisters, aunts Whose aching hearts need healing Futures blighted, cold and dark And do they learn? And do they change? And do they hear the cry Of generations damaged By those bullets as they fly? Here’s to negotiation, peace And love once more restored Bring rest and hope and healing To our weary world, Oh Lord!
Claire Bowman 11/11/ 2021