Pearl HarbourPosted: January 20, 2016
Two years ago I visited Pearl Harbour in Hawaii where on December 7 1941 hundreds of Japanese fighter planes made a surprise attack on the American naval base. More than 2000 soldiers and sailors died that day and another thousand were wounded. It was this that finally persuaded Franklin Roosevelt to enter the Second World War.
I wrote this poem after visiting the Arizona Memorial.
They were doing mundane things
Polishing their shoes
Writing letters home
Getting over the night before
When they’d been on the town
Dancing, drinking, kissing
They were young
And who knew
What tomorrow would bring
Now here they are entombed forever
In their watery grave
The list of names goes on and on and on
Taken by surprise
And to this day
Oil still seeps from the sunken ship
And lies there on the water
Like a fallen rainbow
They say it is the tears of the dead
And we who are lucky enough to be alive
Weep for them.
© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems