Christina A. Sharik


Somewhere in springtime England,
the women watched and prayed –
for a husband or a son to come
stumbling home in a parade.

Somewhere deep in England,
there was even laughter
before and during Wartime
and in the blessed “After”.

Deprivation, hunger,
rationing, and air raid
when the neighbors died,
She was too stunned to be afraid
and rarely ever cried…

and finally, some woman must
have screamed
from very deep inside

Snuff out the candles!!
I cannot breathe –
Throw the blackout curtains wide!!