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

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Victory Garden



Everyone’s growing a victory garden.
Even those of us in the city.
We spend hours each week
hoeing, planting, and weeding.

The little ones plant radish
seeds and can hardly wait
until the greens are tall
enough to pull.

Fathers plant seeds
of tomatoes, beans, and corn.
Mothers tout the virtues
of garden fresh vegetables.

I’ll hoe and plant seeds.
I’ll pull every last weed.
I’ll pick vegetables from dawn to dusk.
But I still won’t eat peas and carrots!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Seed and garden photos courtesy Library of Congress.

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