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> The Blitz, Memories Of The Holy City.
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post 13th Mar 2008, 02:04am
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"WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED"

reads the headline

in bold, black print

and grinning newsboys

sell out their stacks of papers

as lights dim

introducing

BLACKOUT

before long

we'll learn first hand

what war's about.
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post 13th Mar 2008, 02:06am
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UNEMPLOYMENT

is not a problem now

no one's on the dole

and wages are high

making munitions

to feed the guns

the neighbours' sons man

while the enemy aims

to put them

out of action.
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post 13th Mar 2008, 02:10am
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Neighbours
for years
suffering in silence
one another's close proximity
divided
by differences
in doctrine and dogma
worshipping the same god
huddled fearfully
in the close now
listening
to the bombs fall
and
there are no protestants
when Mrs. Cannon's holy water
sprinkles all
softly
unlike Hitler's landmines
raining
around them
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post 13th Mar 2008, 02:13am
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Jimmy Brown - the milkman

survived the blitz

scarred
and partially
paralyzed.

He's lucky to be alive!

they say
seeing him

five years later

with his wife

who wearily
pushes
Jimmy's wheelchair.

One wonders:

what would Jimmy think

if
for a moment
he could, now

or his wife

if she dared
think about it at all.
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post 13th Mar 2008, 02:17am
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The doctor asked me
about my father
so I told him
about someone else's
who paced the shelter floor
all night, weeping
for three of his children
and their mother
killed
in an air raid
the night before.
but he wasn't my father
and it wasn't what the doctor
wanted to hear
yet I still hear him.
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post 13th Mar 2008, 08:01am
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How poignant Boots. No one can ever take away our memories. Being able to write about them in verse is an art you so obviously have. smile.gif


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post 13th Mar 2008, 08:36am
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I had shivers at the Neighbours one ....all of them beautifully written...thank you for posting.


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A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails...
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post 14th Mar 2008, 10:08pm
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Sad and poignant, Boots...the saddest thing is that these ( your ) feelings are still being felt firsthand by people today.
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post 25th Aug 2009, 08:39pm
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Thank you all for your kind remarks. These words are all written about friends, neighbours and in one case, family. I was evacuated, my mother was working nightshift at Singers (munition) but my aunt and grandpa sat in that close on the 13th of March,'41. on the 14th the entire tenement was demolished
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post 2nd Oct 2009, 05:51pm
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Absolutely great Boots, maybe it's about time ah done anither wan. I especially loved the one about Jimmy Brown.........
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post 2nd Oct 2009, 06:02pm
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great, Boots. I especially liked the one about Jimmy Brown, very poignant for me myself. Maybe I should write passwords down, it's took me ages to get back here.
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post 31st Jan 2010, 11:35am
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Hi Jinty, sorry I haven't acknowledged your comments sooner but I just read them tonight. I am pleased that you have referred to Jimmy Brown, most people won't. That day I saw Jimmy in that wheelchair is one I will never forget. I'd only known him as our milkman, didn't know his wife or kids. It was such a shock to see this empty,crippled shell, mind completely gone and only his beaming smile remaining to verify this was the same Jimmy. I found it difficult to look at this young woman pushing the chair while she managed her young brood at the same time. She spoke and smiled to the group I was with before we went our separate ways but her face was haggard and haunted.

The comments made later as Jimmy and his wife moved out of earshot sounded ludicrous to me, I can't find any luck in that situation.
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