Dear Mary

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - By: Jemma O, Mackenzie ‘19; Photo by Jim Ganley

Each term our students participates in a creative writing contest, named in honour of long-time Brentwood English teacher, yearbook editor and houseparent, Ms. Beth Meluish. Below is the sonnet composed by the Grade 10 winner, Jemma O, Mackenzie ‘19.

Dear Mary,

I write to thee with love and prayers of hope;

Wishing I stood with you, your hand in mine;

Heartache besieges men who barely cope;

Remembering the loved and lost in time.

Men march under the fire, onward we go;

The birds take flight; escape this greedy ground;

I watch my brothers’ fall, skin pale as snow;

No hour to waste; reload, another round.

Yet once I thought fighting was for the good;

Purpose is obsolete, shot with my gun;

His eyes wide open, standing where I stood;

The seconds slow, I’m not the only one.

And weep for souls we lost since this began;

For now I breathe, alive a woeful man.

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