Edith Cavell

The Sunday Whirl

Charged with seditious crimes and other acts of treason.
Head held high displaying nought but dignity she tread light upon a frost encrusted ground.
Dawn’s October breeze teased a tuft of hair to fly unfettered as a cold-crisp-grasp played around those nether regions of her starched hemmed skirts.
(Maybe hell itself were watching, too)
She prayed. Made a sacred pledge to her maker, no-one there
would see her courage fail or, her body tremor.
The line enmesh themselves before her as she is tied loosely to the pole. Eyes finally covered. There would be no stigma in any of this to hinder her soul’s progress home.
She’d made peace with her God and all those she had loved.
Sporadic gunfire echoed around the courtyard walls and, sentence quickly met, plaster erupted from where those bullets thumped, crumbled with her body, silent, to the ground.

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This is my Sunday Whirl Wordle but is also a tribute to a lady known to most folks in the UK as Nurse Edith Cavell.

She was tried, found guilty of treason for assisting over 200 English, French and Belgian soldiers to escape from German occupied Belgium during World War 1.

Her final words to the German Lutheran prison chaplain, Paul Le Seur, were recorded as, “Ask Father Gahan to tell my loved ones later on that my soul, as I believe, is safe, and that I am glad to die for my country.”

I visited London, the capital many times and drove by the monument that was errected in St. Martins Place, near the other famous landmark, Trafalgar Square, and memorised what is inscribed on her memorial.



She had said this to Reverend Stirling Gahan, an Anglican chaplain who had been allowed to see her and to give her Holy Communion on the eve of her execution: “Now as I prepare to stand before God I realise that”… but only these words are on her monument:

“Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.”

If you want to know more about her, there’s an in-depth and very interesting full page of Edith Cavell’s life story Here

Shared with The Sunday Whirl Wordle #17
Poets United Think Tank #prompt She

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

20 thoughts on “Edith Cavell”

  1. I enjoyed reading your poem. It pulled me in and I wanted to know who this person was – and then you told me. I had not heard of Edith Cavell before. Thank you.


  2. WOW! I was lost in the story and save for the italics would not have remembered it was a wordle poem. I love how you told her story. Thank you!!


  3. Daydreamertoo, you always bring history alive with your riveting poems. Great use of the wordle again this week.

  4. A wonderful use of those difficult wordle words to tell a real story. Your incorporation of the Cavell story was inspired – she was a true heroine.

  5. I agree with Elizabeth – the drama of the story drew me in right away. Beautiful use of the wordle words.

  6. Love the mingling of poetry and history, two of my favorites. Wonderful tribute to a courageous woman,


  7. Quite the piece, treason always seems to be a fickle matter, usually the side that declares it is the wrong ones.

  8. Very moving article, my friend … makes me think so many thoughts at the same time … Love, cat.

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