Writing in Whangarei

William Macrae at Karikari December 2011

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

It is sweet to die for ones country – that’s the old lie according to the WW1 poem by Wilfred Owen.

William Macrae was a very busy man who loved the place he lived.

Many say, including Al, it is the greatest living place on earth.

It is the greatest working place on earth.

And now for William the greatest dying place on earth. 

William did die for his country.

He was not fighting on the fields of Flanders to which Wilfred Owens poem refers,
although in many ways the scene is not too much different –

fire, flame, fear, noise, explosions, terror, gases, smoke, falling embers

But he did die for what he believed in

Ranger Visitor Services Kaiarahi Taonga Manuhiri

Protecting this bloody amazing beautiful country
Piece of hot summer coastline crimson bloody red.

Piet Nieuwland



One response

  1. Nice, Piet, even if a hard one to write. I used to teach that poem by Wilfred Owen. Great opening image.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:39 am

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