I listened to a sound clip today that documents
the moment that the guns stopped
shooting at the end of WWI.
The first minute is so loud.
I can’t imagine being there and
constantly hearing the artillery.
I can’t really imagine the
What would it be like to hear that
or to be in a place where there’s war?
Listen to the clip here, before you read the rest of this.
The clip captures one minute before the war ended:
the Deafening Noise.
And one minute after the war ended:
Who knew the power of a bird’s song?
Here’s my question.
Did the birds always sing?
Were they singing during the war?
Did they sing amidst gunfire?
I found this from Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War
by John Lewis-Stempel
The sun as it rose was invisible behind the bank of smoke, but it flushed the sky above with red. It was truly a terribly dawn, most beautiful in its terror, and if ever dawn did indeed come up like thunder, it was this. Then came the greatest miracle of all, for with the rose-flush in the sky the whole bird-chorus of morning came to life. Never, surely, did birds sing so – Blackbird and Thrush, Lark and Black-cap and Willow Warbler. Most of the time their voices, of course, were inaudible, but now and again in the intervals of the shattering noise of the guns their notes pealed up, as if each bird were struck with frenzy and were striving to shout down the guns.
– Journalist H. Perry Robinson
I also found an article from 1992 that talked about the nightingales
singing in Sarajevo as artillery pounded the region.
So they do still sing –
in war – the birds still sing.
In a world where war exists – whether across the world
or in your own town –
your song is needed.
There are wars today that require your voice be raised
for those who don’t have one.
And we need to raise our voices to join the chorus of
Amplify the song by adding your voice.
Join the swell of voices singing about
what is true, noble, right, pure,
lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy.
Your voice matters –
especially when war, fighting, and injustice
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8 The Message