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Letters from 1939

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Letters from 1939

I found an old, worn box 
Inside my antique dining hutch
It was filled with yellowed paper 
Greeting cards and such
The envelopes were dated back 
To nineteen thirty-nine
From far and wide in that December
On the eve of Christmas time

The tattered pages, worn so thin 
That I could scarcely read
Were filled with warmest wishes
Not a hint of modern greed
Although ornate with pressed gold-leaf 
The simple cards were dear
And time rolled back as they revealed
The climate of that year

When thunder over Europe
Hinted of what was in store
I do not speak of weather
But the coming of the War
The letter sent from Scotland
Was the most remarkable
It spoke how fear of Hitler
Even then was palpable

The longhand note from Glasgow
Spoke of bombings in the night
And prayers that their loved ones
In the field would be alright
Holidays away from home
Soldiers going off to serve
Hoping when it mattered
They could summon up the nerve

How far have we come since then…
Has it been so very long?
Is the cause more “right” than it was then
Or is it still just as "wrong"?
Whichever side you stand today
On the battle lines of war
Remember that you’re free to say
Just what you stand up for



*Note: 
I found these notes and letters while I was cleaning out clutter last Saturday. I don't know 
how they got in my house, but I am thankful for the precious perspective that they offer. I 
will keep the letters in a safe place until I know with whom I should leave them. Thanks for 
reading! Donna

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  1. Date: 7/2/2009 10:02:00 AM
    Great prospectus, for you,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the junk becomes the treasure! Godly love to you, jm

  1. Date: 6/18/2009 12:28:00 AM
    Happily perhaps found by a creative heart to use as you have done Donna,Thanks for your welcome comments on my posting .Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 5:16:00 PM
    Those last lines really got to me. Terrific again Donna. You have a real gift for expression and evoking emotion. This makes me want to read those letters myself. . Love Christie

  1. Date: 6/17/2009 4:06:00 PM
    This rates highly with me for it's simple direct honesty. My aunt, whom I loved and miss very much, was present during the Battle of Britain in 1940. She told me at least one story that was worthy of the Twilght Zone. I remember it well. She switched shifts one night with her room mate and the bomb blew up the whole hospital wing. No survivors. True story. My God, you brought back some poignant memories with this. Thank you for your comment on Libertine. I am grateful for them. Regards,GK.

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 12:36:00 PM
    Beautiful poetry. Thus first of all: Jesus said DO NOT KILL as a standard line to stand for. I ryhmes and meaningful.

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 8:17:00 PM
    A great read with a piece of history embedded in your wonderful flowing lines. What a treasure to find something from so long ago. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my work, always appreciated.

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 6:12:00 PM
    What a treasure to find Donna, Glasgow suffered quite heavily during WW2, not as bad as London, and never as bad as Coventry, but bad all the same, absolute - terrific write >>James from Scotland

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 3:11:00 PM
    Wow Donna. Extremely powerful, emotional and so very well written. Love that very last verse. If this is true, no wonder you were inspired to write about it. Must have been almost chilling to come across and read and feel the fear in those words, aside from being transported back into another time. Awesome work here. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 2:35:00 PM
    Yes I have letters from those days written by my soldier brother back to his mother. Wonderful writing. Thank you for reading and commenting on "My cowboy". Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 12:30:00 PM
    ....And these amazing letters which "You" hold, could somehow hold historical significance perhaps? So I would say, to consider handling them with care!! Smile, this another wonderful write by "You Dear Lady!!!":):)~Written within compassion; with a question for us all to perhaps ponder!!?...."Very Excellent Write"...."Much Love & Warmth To You & Your Loves, Always, John!!"~"Have A Very Beautiful Day!!!":):) Bye ~

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 12:23:00 PM
    Smile~I stand up for the will of "God!!!":):)~And no human life knows this will, to its utmost of will and reasons....Yet, we do our very best, through prayer and reflections, and His written words, to try to see and understand as clearly as we can!? And this, wonderful write of "Yours Donna Golden," was classically beautiful and written with tender care; about a time of turmoil, which once plagued humanity....Cont....

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 11:48:00 AM
    Donna, This is a remarkable poem. Is it a true story? It must be. It sounds so. My love and condolence forever goes to Glasgow. God bless those tortured souls and thanks be given, now, to God who brought a righteous end. Excellent writing about something mankind must NEVER forget. Lovingly, Dane

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 11:44:00 AM
    Great write,...ty for sharing your mems ! james

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 3:05:00 AM
    oh goodness Donna! what have you done here!!!???? you are setting the bar way too high with this amazing poem!! my friend! (I know we don't compete! blahh!!) just sayin' WOW!!! love, Jim, and thanks for kind comments!