busywords

The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan

TELL US ABOUT THE PEACE

fancy chocolate bar, cracked

fancy chocolate bar, cracked (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

TELL US ABOUT THE PEACE, MISS,

TELL US ABOUT THE PEACE!

Last year I was invited to speak at my grandsons’ Primary School to talk to the children about what it had been like to be a child in the Second World War.  As I watched them listening attentively (or so I hoped) I remembered listening to my teacher during the war as she told us about life in peacetime, which of course none of her class could remember.  This inspired me to this piece of verse.

 

Tell us about the Peace, Miss, tell us about the Peace!

 

            About the wonderful things you saw

Before they started this boring war,

Of all the different sorts of sweets

And lines of lights along the streets.

Tell us abut the Peace, Miss, tell us about the Peace!

 

            Of toffees crammed in tall glass jars

            And machines that sold you chocolate bars,

            Of signs that lit up in the night

And shops that shone with neon light.

Tell us about the Peace, Miss, tell us about the Peace!

 

            Of Dads who played with little boys

With brightly painted metal toys,

And Mums who stayed at home to bake

Unrationed meals and fruity cake.

Tell us about the Peace, Miss, tell us about the Peace!

Your world was so exciting

Before they started fighting.

Your tales of wonder never cease

When you talk to us about the Peace.

PEACE!

PEACE! (Photo credit: snapies_gi)

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