ENDURANCE

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ENDURANCE

Post by Mahalia » 18 Dec 2017, 21:50

Endurance ... Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet

Farewell my love - we sail today
I may not see your face again.
No guarantees I offer thee
nor promises of life pain free
but looking back, think you'll agree
we'll muddle through OK.
A Christmas wish I send you now
take care my love, take care my dear
I hold you in my memories;
along with school days, tall gum trees,
the old dance hall, our babies sneeze.
I'll hold these tight somehow.

And when day fades to midnight blue
and when the sky is bright with stars
I'll gaze aloft to heavens tower
and share with you that self same hour,
recall the time 'neath wattle bower
and send my love to you.
The postman came - a telegram,
envelope buff he gave to her,
the shattered look she shared cut deep.
Too many women he'd seen weep
when news delivered would not keep
sent home by Uncle Sam.

USS Growler on patrol
in darkness saw a shape emerge
the Hayasaki altered course
and rammed the submarine with force.
Two men were killed and one was lost.
The War Gods took their toll.
And women wail and women weep
and someone somewhere keeps a score.
Small children grow up fatherless
one parent quite anonymous
perhaps - that's just hypothosis.
A fading photograph to keep.
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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