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Below is the poem entitled THE WAR BRIDE which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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                               Yes, an English rose is magnificent for it possesses a regal 
                                lushness that opens the heart, but its true beauty- 
                                its deep seeded secret- is how well it thrives on foreign soils. 

                                                                                          ~Cyndi MacMillan~


G allantly wooed, she became quite beguiled,
R evered soldier lost his heart, overseas.
A ir raids and firestorms, moments fragile, 
N ooks hid the young lovers, defiantly.

W hen he proposed, she turned, wept silently,
A nguished, behind black drapes* prayed a new bride,
S irens would scream, bombs made hellish banshees...
A nd the torment replayed each eventide.

C adence of passion mutes all noise hostile,
A dversity bonds, two soon would be three,
N ow far from his side, our rose was exiled*,
A t dawn left his red-eyed evacuee. 
D ivided, and yet love was mailed daily,
I solated by miles of vast countryside,
A fter a short time, their son came to be,
N ightly, his father touched pictures with pride.

W hile he defended her Beloved isle,
A nxiously, she boarded the Queen Mary*,
R ocking her scared boy, each gale was reviled . . .
B ut on Pier 21* he clapped, happy,
R ain veiled train* windows, homesick was she.
I t took two winters 'til she heard his stride,
D ear that December, Oh, sweet unity!
E vermore one, their love never died. 



*During WWII, Germany's bombing strategy of London, known as the Blitz, 
made it mandatory to draw black curtains at night to hide lights which were
 targetted by bombers. Children and pregnant women where evacuated from 
London to rural areas of England, where they stayed with host families. 
The Queen Mary was one of the more notable ships which carried war brides
 to Canada. War brides arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia before 
boarding trains, known as "Diaper Specials" The immigration of war
brides to Canada was known as 'Operation Daddy".

**By Cyndi MacMillan, For Constance’s "Write It Deep And Dramatic, Please " Contest. This poem is both acrostic and  3 (divided) Hutains.

***Dedicated to a true English Rose, Florence Gordon, my grandmother and a war bride.

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  1. Date: 9/9/2011 9:49:00 AM
    Many congrats on all your wins, Cyndi : )

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 7:04:00 PM
    Beautiful story and poem. Congrats on your win! Kim

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 7:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 1st Place win in Constance La France's "Write It Deep And Dramatic, Please contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 3:58:00 AM
    hey Cyndi congrats on your win, loved every word of it..David

  1. Date: 9/8/2011 12:13:00 AM
    Just a fantastic win! This is an amazing poem. Well done and congratulations on a well deserved win. Lee

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 11:54:00 PM
    Absolutely loved reading this. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:37:00 PM
    Excellent write. Congratulations. Love, Vie

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:14:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:11:00 PM
    Congratulations on the win in the contest of Constance.Cyndi

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 10:07:00 PM
    Gives me prickles to read. Amazing courage of all who went through those awful times. A fitting tribute to your dear grandmother.

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 9:18:00 PM
    Such a deeply emotional story of your own family background! How wonderful is this! What amazing history this relates!! Great writing, Cyndi!

  1. Date: 9/7/2011 8:31:00 PM
    Aww this is such a lovely write Cyndi, congrats of your 1st place win xxx

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 2:57:00 PM
    This is wonderfully well done, interesting and dramatic. It will surely be at the top. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 6:22:00 AM
    this hits a sentimental chord in me, cyndi.. i have a similar story based on my grandfather's expreience... beautifully expressed woth your defining artwords.. winning wishe..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 9/6/2011 12:13:00 AM
    my mother was one of those war brides who arrived at pier 21, then boarded a train to cross the country to British Columbia and the new family she had never met, she was pregnant with my brother at the time, your poem brought tears to my eyes Cyndi, its going straight to my favourites