There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Tuesday, May 10, 2011




It seems like
everyday I’m standing
in another line.
A line to get ration stamps.
A line to turn in fats.
A line to board the bus.
This line, though,
is like standing in front
of the pearly gates.
Once through the door,
I’ll hold out my pennies
and buy my own little
piece of heaven—
a packet of chewing gum!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Gum ad from author's personal collection.

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Steven Withrow said...

Please tell me you'll at least collect this as an ebook once it's completed. Great work!

Diane Mayr said...

Thanks, Steven. It's a possibility that I will have to look into. --Diane