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Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: Megan Aydinlar (---.wtrbct.adelphia.net)
Date: December 09, 2004 01:36AM

My dad has now passed away and I really regret not asking him about this before he did. He sent me a poem once that said Auther Unknown but was signed Doughboy WWII. It was suppose to have been written by a WWII Jet fighter and it was called something like Don't send me flowers after I am dead.

I do not remember how the poem went but the version he sent me was on 1 page. It was about a pilot going to war and either thinking he may be killed or knowing he was going to be killed, but he was saying don't send me flowers after I am already dead if you have never sent them to me when I was alive. I always wanted to have it retyped and framed and between moves it was lost. But it was so true, if you don't stop to talk to me now, if you don't send me a letter or a phone call to see how I am then when you hear about my death don't be so upset and send flowers that I will never see or enjoy - and I remember telling that to my girlfriend at a wake we were at once - too bad no one ever took the time to send this person $30.00 of flowers for no reason but will spend $200.00 for flowers after they have passed away. My friend has moved states away and I recievd flowers from her not to long ago for no other reason than "I was thinking about you, and your not dead." That made me think of that poem.

Can anyone help?


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: December 09, 2004 04:01AM

The flowers you are going to bring to my funeral
Bring them now, for I want to see them.
The kind words you have to say about me,
Say them now, for I want to hear them.

That's all I have, quoted in one of Hannah Hauxwell's books about her life on a remote farm in the North of England. Where she got them from, I've no idea, but I 'd like the rest, too.

I also have Living Bouquets by Mabeel Easley on a similar theme:

Living Bouquets

When I quit this mortal shore
And mosey 'round this earth no more,
Do not weep and do not sob;
I may have found a better job.
Don't go and buy a large bouquet
For which you'll find it hard to pay,
Don't mope around and feel all blue;
I may be better off than you.

Don't tell the folks I was a saint
Or any old thing that I ain't.
If you have jam like that to spread,
Please hand it out before I'm dead.
If you have roses bless your soul,
Just pin one in my buttonhole
While I'm alive and well today;
Don't wait until I'm gone away.

Mabeel Easley


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: ilza (---.162.243.76.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: December 09, 2004 08:29AM

another similar theme ...
.
When I am dead, my dearest
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: ilza (---.162.243.76.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: December 09, 2004 08:31AM

another one
.
REMEMBER
Christina Rossetti.

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning to stay
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
it will be late to counsel then and pray,
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts than once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than you should remember than be sad.


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: December 09, 2004 11:25AM

Almost certainly not about a jet pilot- they were rare and only appeared late in WWII.
Another related poem: For Johhny by John Pudney.


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: vic jefferies (---.tech2u.com.au)
Date: December 10, 2004 12:15AM

Perhaps this is what you are looking for (by WB Yeats)

THE POEM
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above:
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love:
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: Michele Jones (12.126.96.---)
Date: March 15, 2005 02:02PM

You have phrased that all too well.


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: survivor (200.108.29.---)
Date: October 26, 2007 02:34PM

Megan Aydinlar Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------

My dad has now passed away and I really regret not
asking him about this before he did. He sent me a
poem once that said Auther Unknown but was signed
Doughboy WWII. It was suppose to have been
written by a WWII Jet fighter and it was called
something like Don't send me flowers after I am
dead.

I do not remember how the poem went but the
version he sent me was on 1 page. It was about a
pilot going to war and either thinking he may be
killed or knowing he was going to be killed, but
he was saying don't send me flowers after I am
already dead if you have never sent them to me
when I was alive. I always wanted to have it
retyped and framed and between moves it was lost.
But it was so true, if you don't stop to talk to
me now, if you don't send me a letter or a phone
call to see how I am then when you hear about my
death don't be so upset and send flowers that I
will never see or enjoy - and I remember telling
that to my girlfriend at a wake we were at once -
too bad no one ever took the time to send this
person $30.00 of flowers for no reason but will
spend $200.00 for flowers after they have passed
away. My friend has moved states away and I
recievd flowers from her not to long ago for no
other reason than "I was thinking about you, and
your not dead." That made me think of that poem.

Can anyone help?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hi...this may not be exactly what you are looking for, but the sentiments are the same.


Don't Wait- Give Love Now ... Author unknown


I would rather have one small rose
From the garden of a friend
Than to have the choicest flowers
When my stay on Earth must end.

I would rather have one pleasant word
In kindness said to me
Than flattery when my heart is still
And my life on Earth has ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile
From friends I know are true
Than tears shed round my casket
When this world I've bid Adieu.

Bring me all your flowers today
Whether pink, white or red:
I'd rather have one blossom now
Than a truckload when I'm dead.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: kattybatty (208.190.20.---)
Date: July 08, 2008 02:14PM

closed eyes can't see the white roses
cold hands can't hold them, you know
breath that is stilled cannot gather
the odors that sweet from them blow
it's children of earth doth endow
life is the time we can help them
so give them the flowers now

here are the struggles and striving
here are the cares and the tears
now is the time to be smoothing
the frowns and the furrows and fears
what to closed eyes are kind sayings?
what to hushed heart is deep vow?
naught can avail after parting
so give them the flowers now

just a kind word or a greeting
just a warm hug or a smile
these are the flowers that will lighten
the burdens for many a mile

after the journey is over
what's the use of them? how
can they carry them who must be carried?
oh, give them the flowers now

blooms from the happy heart's garden
plucked in the spirit of love
blooms that are earthly reflections
of flowers that blossom above

words cannot tell what a measure
of blessing such gifts will allow
to dwell in the lives of many
so give them the flowers now


Re: Poem from WWII I think - Jet Plane Fighter
Posted by: IanAKB (203.217.91.---)
Date: July 09, 2008 02:42AM

Is that your composition Katty, or where does it come from?

We emulers past and present still haven't been able to come up with any poem that combines the don't-wait-till-I'm-dead-to-send-flowers theme with the subject of a fighter pilot.

Ian




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