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In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow–The First 2 Lines Are All I Know

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem is so iconic it needs no help from me. It was written as a rondeau, which means the rhyme scheme makes no sense after the first verse unless you know it’s a rondeau.  I did not know it was a rondeau and went about trying to help it. I thought purely as a literary exercise it might be interesting to write a variation on the original in a different poetical form in the spirit of … um… Mozart’s variations on, Ah vows dirai-je, maman  (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star).

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