Relics of the Heart 4…

Well, here we go again!

The next two pieces are a bit of back and forth as far as trying to determine whose journal this was…

The first one is untitled:

20160518_073011I do hope I won’t have to say
“Oh dear me, no letter today!”
That’s what I’ve said for 3 weeks now
but I keep praying, somewhere, somehow,
You are all right, even though you can’t write.

When you sailed away with a smile
My heart went with you, every mile
it’s coming home with you too, to me,
and when that day comes, “Glory Be!”

So if I choose to settle on the default setting of the time period…. This would most certainly be Morena. Obviously lamenting the loss in communication with someone. Which, though happened frequently, would make anyone anxious during war-time.

The next one could be either male or female…
And since I’ve learned that Morena worked in a factory making planes for the war effort..this could definitely be from her knowledge about planes…

20160518_07303520160518_073046

Lightning in the Sky

Oh, Hedy Lamar is a beautiful gal
and Madeline Carroll is too,
and you’ll find, if you query,
a different theory
amongst any bomber crew.

For the loveliest thing of which one could sing
This side of the “Heavenly Gates”
is no blonde or brunette of the hollywood set
But an escort of p-38s

Yes in days that have passed
When the tables were massed
with glasses of scotch and champagne
It’s quite true that the sight
was a thing to delight
Us, intent upon feeling no pain

But no longer the same
now are days in this game
when we head north from Messina Straits,
take sparkling wine — every time make mine..
an escort of p-38s

Byron, Shelby and Keats
ran a dozen dead heats
describing the view from the hills
Of the valleys in may when the
winds gently sway
an army of bright daffodils

take the daffodils Byron, the
wildflowers Shelby
Yours is the Myrtle, friend Keats
Just reserve me those cuties,
American Beauties,
An Escort of p-38s

Sure we’re braver than hell
on the ground all is well
in the air it’s a different story
We sweat out the track
through fighters and flak
We’re willing to split up the glory

Well they wouldn’t reject us
heaven protect us
and until all this shooting abates
Give us courage to fight ’em, and
one other item
an escort of p-38s

So, some things we need to know about this one:

First, my favorites:
I’ll stop my pulse a minute with

Hedy_lamarr_-_1940

Hedy Lamarr

and….

Madeline Carroll

Madeline Carroll

Whew….alright now…what else did I need to talk about….
oh yeah…

P-38s!!!!

Lockheed_P-38_Lightning_USAFThe p-38 Lightning was an American made fighter escort for bomber squadrons during world war 2.
The lightning was a fast interceptor and was able to catch enemy fighter squadrons off-guard and down them quickly, to protect the bombers they were sent to escort.
I would absolutely agree with the speaker of the poem..i would feel much better with a squadron of these babies on my wing!!

The poem also talks about Messina Straits. This was were the allies eventually invaded Italy to stop the german and italian forces there.

MessinaStraitSo, I really feel like this was written by Morena.
While she certainly wasn’t in the European theater during WW2…she absolutely has the knowledge of the P-38, and what they were used for, enough to write this one!

Stay tuned…next week well get to a very long one about night-time bombing raids…and I swear I believe it is referencing the german raids on britian.

Thanks for being here!!

❀

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25 Responses to Relics of the Heart 4…

  1. Emily says:

    This is SO incredibly fabulous, it tickles all my history and poetry bones at the same time!! Wow…thanks so much for doing this, E!! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’œπŸ˜Š

  2. <3<3<3 It just keeps getting better! Thank you for continuing to share with us!

  3. Rita says:

    Absolutely marvelous! The second astounds me. I can feel the history roll over me.

  4. Devonne says:

    Truly fascinating! How wonderful that you are giving these words new life πŸ™‚

  5. VictoryInTrouble says:

    Wow! Whoever wrote these was so so talented! Amazing! Thanks so much for typing them out so we can see!

  6. mandibelle16 says:

    I really enjoyed Morena’s poem about the p-38’s. It’s a poem supporting the guys fighting in war but also and mostly, a girl power poem of the day, of the girls she worked with in the factory. Really fascinating πŸ™‚

  7. maharedwynn says:

    This is so cool! I love the beautiful handwriting, too. I’m a notebook girl so I like penmanship and they sure did write elegantly back then. Thanks for sharing Eric!

  8. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  9. Kendra Lynn says:

    This is so awesome!!

  10. jennyhayut says:

    Wow I’m hooked! This is beyond intriguing and sprinkling what we do know of history in with the letters…perfect! More more more….please πŸ˜‰

  11. Elizabeth Helmich says:

    It really is such a delight to peer into this little window of a mind from another time. The second is especially lovely, such a nice flow…I think it could be a song. Those ladies are breathtaking! Classic Beauties. Nice research as well, Sherlock. I am learning a lot! ❀

  12. Great history lesson for the day! πŸ˜€ Simply timeless! 😊❀️

  13. moonskittles says:

    Ohh, this was perfect. Right next door to my home πŸ™‚ Both my grandfathers fought in WWII. πŸ™‚
    Such a delight to read!
    ❀ Dajena

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