Jack on the Move, WW2


by richard wheatland

it was Ryerson in Toronto

physics, cathodes in a rush

And the docks of venturesome

Halifax

for that Britain Battle push,

luxury liner did the passage

young men eager for their post.

soon the sick-rail leaning, over

and those friendships proved

the most.

was it London’s land

or Glasgow?

that part never laid on me.

but a smoky train made Cromarty

firth, and views of Northern Sea.

Sunderland floating bombers

for the radar man to guide.

searching out those furtive U boats

that the Nazis tried to hide.

there were close calls

yes, in measure.

shrapnel, chaos

meeting Huns.

and twas never certain

Living.

in those tricky, risky runs.

but for Jack, a Providence

obliging.

and a luxury liner Home

thankful for the Mercy gathered

that some others had not known.

(jack blair 1922-2010)


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