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

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Tanka



high desert wind
Manzanar dust scratches
our throats raw
still we sing in the choir
and smile for the camera

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Top and bottom photos by Ansel Adams, courtesy Library of Congress.