Kent Werges

Rookie - 26 Points (12/10/1939 / Cleveland, Ohio)

Emily-World War 2 - Poem by Kent Werges

How did I talk to 22 year-olds,
using the radio to bring
them back from night raids?
Those who flew the ghost ships

from England to Germany
and almost back to base-
the gray metal allowed bullets
to pass right through.

The Army used women to coach
the young sailors of the sky home.
Sort of a siren's call-
many died on the rocks or in the sea.

The last boy was no easier than the first.
I cried for silenced voices, not people I knew.
The pain hung from the airwaves
the stillness whispered another was gone.

Who helped me through the tears-
the laughter, prayers and screams?
Glenn Miller stroked my temple
with his wax trombone


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Tribute to my aunt

Comments about Emily-World War 2 by Kent Werges

  • Chinedu Dike (4/30/2018 10:50:00 AM)


    Well conceived and elegantly brought forth with insight. Thanks for Sharing Kent. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/28/2018 5:52:00 PM)


    Kent, Is this poem about my Mom? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 29, 2012



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