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8:13pm Wed 5 Aug 09

Denis Watkins says...

Dear Helen,
I enjoyed reading your article. Wilfred Owen's name caught my I first. He is a hero of mine: And "Anthem for Doomed Youth" is a great anti-war poem. He was only 25 when he died right at the end of the war.
I also enjoy HAIKI and this is probably the nearest I come to being spiritual: Zen Bhuddism.
We gave a little help to some Japanese Tourists a few years ago. One of them was a Zen Bhuddist and it was a privielge to meet him. He sent me a marvellous book of Haiki with wonderful drawings. In the spirit of Zen I gave it to the nearby Bhuddhist Retreat.
Regards.
Dear Helen, I enjoyed reading your article. Wilfred Owen's name caught my I first. He is a hero of mine: And "Anthem for Doomed Youth" is a great anti-war poem. He was only 25 when he died right at the end of the war. I also enjoy HAIKI and this is probably the nearest I come to being spiritual: Zen Bhuddism. We gave a little help to some Japanese Tourists a few years ago. One of them was a Zen Bhuddist and it was a privielge to meet him. He sent me a marvellous book of Haiki with wonderful drawings. In the spirit of Zen I gave it to the nearby Bhuddhist Retreat. Regards. Denis Watkins
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8:52am Fri 7 Aug 09

Helen Noble says...

Hi Denis,

Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts. Your comments helped me get a few things in perspective! Given his age, I can can now see why the poetry of Wilfred Owen could have been pertinent to teenagers.

I watched the televised funeral of Harry Patch this week and learned that he was only 19 when fighting in the trenches of the first world war.

My class of '83 was caught up amongst the emotionally charged miners strike , when lots of people suffered financial hardship and the social stress that ensued - that was
our 'challenge'.

I am wondering where the nearby Buddhist retreat that you refer to is situated?

Kind regards
Helen
Hi Denis, Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts. Your comments helped me get a few things in perspective! Given his age, I can can now see why the poetry of Wilfred Owen could have been pertinent to teenagers. I watched the televised funeral of Harry Patch this week and learned that he was only 19 when fighting in the trenches of the first world war. My class of '83 was caught up amongst the emotionally charged miners strike , when lots of people suffered financial hardship and the social stress that ensued - that was our 'challenge'. I am wondering where the nearby Buddhist retreat that you refer to is situated? Kind regards Helen Helen Noble
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