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

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dear Cousin



I won’t write much tonight,
I’ve been working all day picking.
This is my third day in the fields.
Day one was fun.
All of us girls rode out
to the farm in a truck.
It was gossip, gossip,
gossip, all day long.
Day two was okay.
We were a little stiff
from bending over the day before,
but, still we talked,
and sang lots of songs.
Today is day three.
My fingers have blisters.
Every bone in my body aches.
I’m tired of singing songs.
And, I’m tired of listening
to those girls TALK!
I told mother I’m happy
to help bring in the harvest.
But between you and me,
I’d rather be back at school.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Library of Congress. Poster courtesy Northwestern U. Library.


Lisa said...

Diane, I've been trying to comment on this all day (had a browser issue I finally figured out). First, I wanted to say hi because my Poetry Friday post is WWII-themed. But also because this is my first time visiting your blog, but I've bookmarked it so I can come back and spend some time with more of your poems. What a great idea for a blog, and I love today's entry. Great visuals, too!

Diane Mayr said...

Thanks, Lisa! I look forward to having you as a reader. I sometimes post additional photos, or other WW II items of interest, on the my Homefront Army Facebook page.

I'm Jet . . . said...

This poem says so much, D.