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 3, 2011




He joined the navy
to see the world and
to send us postcards
from exotic places.

He ended up sailing
all along the east coast
protecting America from
unseen German subs.

And so, when he’s in port
he sends us postcards
of Boston’s baked beans,
swans at a park in Virginia,

or Mama’s favorites—
from a city called Providence.
His being in Providence,
she says, is a good sign—

Providence is another word
for "God is watching."

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Postcards and photo from author's collection.

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