War Born

Carrie didn’twant to leave

That Wednesdayafternoon

For her itwas just far too rushed

It reallywas too soon

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

So shepacked up all her cases

Ensured shehad the lot

Then wentback several times to check

There wasnothing she forgot

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

The cararrived as promised

A door heldwide, invite

Then it spedoff into darkness

At thecoming of the night

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

At thedockyards there was bustle

As the shipbegan to board

Once loadedit began its quest

To leavethis dark fjord

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

By morningthey were far to sea

The shoreleft well behind

It was nottoo bad a crossing

The weather hadbeen kind

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

As the coastcame up to great them

The optimismgrew

The deck nowwas quite crowded

There werefar more than a few

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

The torpedowent unnoticed

Its bow wavewent unseen

Though itcut into the sturdy hull

Like tobutter and so clean

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

The explosionthen a total shock

As it rippedthrough bow and beam

Sea waterrushing in on them

As it metthe boilers steam

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

The Women firstthen children too

Were firstinto the boats

The remainingmen were left to cling

To anythingthat floats

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

There was nosearch and rescue

No boatswould come to aid

The passengersand crew alike

Were bewilderedand afraid

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

The tidethen seemed to guide them

Directing themto shore

If it hadnot come to save them

Would belost a whole lot more

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

She graspedthe sodden welcome sand

As if itbore her life

Gave thanksfor her survival

From theworries and the strife

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

Now eightyyears past later

She snuggledin her bed

Remembered allthe exploits

In a bookshe recent read

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time

 

As themorning came her soul was gone

Her body layat rest

She hadlived the life of war born child

She hadpassed the final test

 

Though thingswere different then, at least in war time.





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