(No.52 of my favourite short poems)
A community stitch project has recently been completed and put on display to commemorate the centenary of the Mount Felix Hospital which, throughout World War 1 and afterwards for several years served, as a military hospital in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, for soldiers from New Zealand wounded at Gallipoli and in later battles. The project is in the form of a tapestry of 44 panels stitched by community groups ranging from primary schools to experienced embroiderers. By the end of WW1 the hospital, in conjunction with another nearby hospital, had nearly 1,900 beds and some 27,000 patients had been treated during the operational lives of these two hospitals.
One of the panels, pictured below, features a lovely poem composed during his time in this hospital by one of the patients, name unknown, who was stunned by the beauty and tranquility of his surroundings after experiencing the horrors of war. I give photographs above and below of the tapestry on which this verse has been embroidered.