a silent walk in remembrance of those affected by conflict
marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War
28 July, 2014, free, booking essential
a pair of poems will be read and poppy seeds scattered
29 July – 11 November, 2014
Yehuda Amichai from Time (20)
Owen Sheers ‘Pink Mist’
The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimetres
and the diameter of its effective
range – about seven metres.
And in it four dead and eleven wounded.
And around them in a greater circle
of pain and time are scattered
two hospitals and one cemetery.
But the young woman who was
buried where she came from
over a hundred kilometres away
enlarges the circle greatly.
And the lone man who weeps over her death
in a far corner of a distant country
includes the whole world in the circle.
And I won’t speak at all about the crying of orphans
that reaches to the seat of God
and from there onward, making
the circle without end and without God.
Yehuda Amichai (1924–2000)
translated from the Hebrew by the author
from Pink Mist
Pink mist. That’s what they call it.
When one of your mates hasn’t just bought it,
but goes in a flash, from being there to not.
A direct hit. An IED. An RPG stuck in the gut.
However it happens you open your eyes
and that’s all they are.
A fine spray of pink, a delicate mist
as if some genie has granted a wish.
There, and then not.
A dirty trick you pray isn’t true.
White heat. Code red. Pink mist.
Blue on blue on blue.
Owen Sheers (1974–)
Yehuda Amichai (1924 - 2000)
Amichai was born in Würzburg, Germany. He immigrated with his family to Mandate Palestine in 1935 and moved to Jerusalem in 1936. Amichai served in Haganah, the defence force of the Jewish community, and fought in World War II as a member of the British Army. After discharge from the British Army in 1946, he studied in Jerusalem and became a teacher in Haifa. In 1956 Amichai served in the Sinai War, and in 1973 in the Yom Kippur War
Yehuda Amichai, from ‘Time’, trans. by the author
in Time, Harper and Row, 1976. Permission granted by the Deborah Harris Agency on behalf of the proprietor.
Owen Sheers (1974 - )
Sheers was brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. His volume Pink Mist is an elegiac verse-drama about modern warfare, in particular concerning British troops in Afghanistan, told in the voices of soldiers, their families, and their friends.
in Pink Mist, Faber and Faber, 2013
Attingham was a VAD hospital in WW1. The 6th and 7th Lords Berwick served in the armed forces. The 8th Lord Berwick, who later gifted Attingham to the National Trust, was a diplomat in Paris, and Lady Berwick was not only a nurse on the Italian Front but also translated top secret documents for the war effort. WW2 saw an airfield built to the east of the park. The 4000 acres of parkland also contain evidence of early occupation, from Iron Age field systems, Bronze Age barrows, to the Roman city of Viruconium (the casta for the 14th Twin Legion of the Roman Empire) and Saxon palaces.
A circular walk starting from the stables courtyard, via Atcham church and the Malthouse
3 miles, duration approx. 60 minutes, from 14.00pm
Please wear sensible footwear and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Walks may take place on uneven ground and use stiles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed.
Park and house, Attingham Park,
© National Trust Images: John Millar
View to the parkland from Attingham Park, Shropshire
A Trust New Art commission for National Trust, supported by Arts Council England