School life in 1918 – Remembrance

Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance”

School life in 1918

I’m having to walk to school by myself today,
Cos Daddy has gone to fight the enemy far away
Mummy is queuing for milk and bread at the shop
And My sister and I have to tidy the house, all of it!
When will things be normal again Sis?

At school I hope it’s not mutton or hash again today
Or horrible suet with no custard to take the taste away
I know the shops have little food on the shelves
Cos the Germans have used U-boats to drown it all at sea
When will things be normal again Sis?

Mummy has no time for playing games with us anymore
And she cries every time she hears the postman at our door
Daddy sent a card with no news on it why? Where is he?
I try to be helpful and tidy but it’s hard for a ten year old.
When will things be normal again Sis?

The pantry is empty, and now we need a card to buy food in the shops
I can scarcely remember when last I had chocolate or pear drops
No sugar, flour, tea or sweets to buy, what next, no toys!
Just work, boring stodgy food, no fun and I am getting fat!
When will things be normal again Sis?

Betty Jackson
29/10/2017