The 8th of May marks an important date in the French national calendar of holidays. Not only do French commemorate the end of the Second World War, but they also honor the sacrifices of those who fought for freedom and peace. In Fontainebleau the official ceremony was accompanied by musicians of the conservatory, young firefighters and  students of the Lycée François 1er of whom Mabel AR, Anglophone Section student. She read a poem by Sara Teasdale.

 

 

Spring in War-Time

I feel the spring far off, far off,
    The faint, far scent of bud and leaf—
Oh, how can spring take heart to come
    To a world in grief,
    Deep grief?
The sun turns north, the days grow long,
    Later the evening star grows bright—
How can the daylight linger on
    For men to fight,
    Still fight?
The grass is waking in the ground,
    Soon it will rise and blow in waves—
How can it have the heart to sway
    Over the graves,
    New graves?
Under the boughs where lovers walked
    The apple-blooms will shed their breath—
But what of all the lovers now
    Parted by Death,
    Grey Death?
Source: A Treasury of War Poetry (1917)