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

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Spring 1943



I woke up to sounds of
hundreds of cedar waxwings.
They’re stopping over
on their way north.

Outside my window
two squirrels chattered
and chased each other
up, down, around the oak.

When I opened the door
the scent of wisteria
hit me before I could see
the vines in the garden.

It was then I remembered
that God made this world.
God, if you do all this,
surely you can end the war?

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