An evacuated Syrian girl looks out of the broken window of a bus.
In this summer heatwave I appreciate the sentiment of Robert Graves, born this day 1895. An English writer, son of an Irish poet of the Gaelic Revival. Robert is best known for his novel “I, Claudius”.
Give us rain; by Robert Graves
‘Give us Rain, Rain,’ said the bean and the pea,
‘Not so much Sun,
Not so much Sun.’
But the Sun smiles bravely and encouragingly,
and no rain falls and no waters run.
‘Give us Peace, Peace,’ said the peoples oppressed,
‘Not so many Flags,
Not so many Flags.’
But the Flags fly and the Drums beat, denying rest,
and the children starve, they shiver in rags.