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

Friday, April 15, 2011

Loose Lips



Whenever I pass that poster
hanging at the package store
I get this picture of a giant
standing waist deep in the ocean.
He sneezes and his lips go flying--
"Watch out below!"

It makes me laugh,
and if I’m laughing
I won’t be thinking
about something I may have said.
Something a lousy Kraut
could have overheard.

I don’t want the ghost
of no sailor saying to me,
"Johnny, you bastard--
you should have kept your mouth shut!"
Nope, I don’t want no ghosts
talking to me.

Not ever.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Poster courtesy The Wire.


I'm Jet . . . said...

Good voice!

Marion Eldridge said...

A little funny at first then so, so chilling. Yes, great voice!

Diane Mayr said...