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Red Step in the Blitz

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Red Step in the Blitz

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Drones abound the London sky 
Search lights stray and flick to something and nothing
The bicycle dings its bell every sixth house 
As the warden swishes his front tyre left and right up the empty evening street
The council house drapes of black and brown are shut tight regulation tight

He's coming he's coming tape up tape up she shouts
Don't want another fine for light
The grub is ready at the back door for a quick dash to the air-raid shelter in the night
Sirens whail and bellow and bomber engines humm in ever louder melts

Fire fire and the engines leave the call centre and head the regular route to the city
God bless em souls the dear old lady calls as she stirs the black current jam
Whistling bombs and Stucker dives throttle and hurtle a miss
But they land too well and devastate the docklands and the strip

Hell's fire rages along the wharfs as fire-ships spray the warehouses
Brave soles are they who stay out amid the descending droplets of terror
Face the wrath of Germany's luftwaffe who continue to pour water and pull souls
And morning cannot come fast enough for to French shores a retreat 

Arrival of Dawn and the last bombers chug away hasseled by the RAF
And down descends a lonely Tommy ace one of our own bewildered lads
Parachute wrapped and Tommy sitting on Sally's polished red front door-step
Here are her two prides of joy: One sitting on the other; the live one her brother.

(One of her biding memories of the London Blitz)

Night time Bombing raid in London's fair City during Second World War



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  1. Date: 1/19/2012 7:03:00 PM
    Ahhh a new friend, I couldn't find who wrote this [fret] content wise it could have been a bit higher but my dear this is not a sonnet I truely didn't know what to do with you [fret] such talent such a powerful write..such immediacy..definetly a first place winner in another contest..I would simply list the form as Verse or narrative. Thank you for the priveledge of sharing your memory! Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/19/2012 8:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win for your poem in Debbie's "City Lights" contest Ian. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/18/2012 10:47:00 PM
    This is so descriptive. I could almost feel the anxiety. The fear and expectation. Well done Ian

  1. Date: 7/2/2011 11:43:00 AM
    u have a perfection when it comes to phrasing of words....