Bri Edwards

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Pearl Harbor Was No Gem... [ U.S. And World War Two; December 7th 1941 In Hawaii, Before It Was A U.S. State; Kind Of Short] - Poem by Bri Edwards

My high school friend [he lives in Hawaii] texted he's in Pearl Harbor today.
There is a memorial there to the Japanese attack which sent US on our way....
…into the War, as a full-fledged participant. We'd been helping U.K. already.
But the Brits had been suffering and dying while the U.S. was holding steady..
….as a 'helper'.

Yes, as I've read, at least [I was not yet born], the Yanks were staying 'out'..
….of the fighting, though ‘Roosevelt and others' were sending aid by a ship- route.
Many [most? ] Americans had no desire to send Yank men to die abroad.
I suppose some may have offered up prayers, but deaf perhaps was their god.

Germany was gobbling up countries and making a mess of others across 'the pond'.
Hitler, though dark-haired, was for the ‘Aryan race', full of white skin and... hair, blond(e) .
He and his group stirred up a nationalistic furor for the Fuhrer (Hitler) and payback....
.for the punishment Germany suffered after its defeat in the 'War To End All Wars'..
….World War One.

There are rumors that the U.S. president and others conspired to 'let' Japan attack,
without alerting the military on Hawaii to the danger. Evidence of that I do lack.
An attack by Germany's Asian ally would surely open the floodgates to a war declaration.
It DID and for four years, in Europe and Asia, U.S. forces joined the conflagration.

(written June 7th, 2017)

Topic(s) of this poem: war memories


Poet's Notes about The Poem

the title and text of poem is what i had to say, though i could also say the U.S. was not fighting to save Jews or any other oppressed people under Hitler's rule e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, and mentally handicapped.

bri :)

75 years and 6 months since Pearl Harbor attack in 1941

Comments about Pearl Harbor Was No Gem... [ U.S. And World War Two; December 7th 1941 In Hawaii, Before It Was A U.S. State; Kind Of Short] by Bri Edwards

  • S.zaynab KamoonpuriS.zaynab Kamoonpuri (7/3/2017 1:38:00 AM)

    How u rhymed in pond with blonde wow, u turned a historic political topic into an engaging interesting poem with your wit. Thumbs up.
    So Nice to read from your pen again, I hope u too will review my latest poem titled, 'For all cheese chums'
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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (7/1/2017 3:30:00 PM)

    I have read that there were government officials who had been apprised of the horrible mass murder of the Jewish race going on in Germany and apparently they thought sharing this knowledge with the American citizens would not stir us to action. I hope they were wrong in this assumption about the character of American people. We may not be warmongers, we may not want to send our young men off to war, but neither do we {I hope] countenance doing nothing when defenseless people are being starved, maimed, abused in horrid ways, and slaughtered. (Report)Reply

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  • Loke Kok Yee (6/24/2017 11:07:00 AM)

    If not for Pearl Harbor; I'll be writing poetry in Japanese today! ! ! During the few years of the Japs' occupation of Malaya my parents and everyone else had to attend classes and learn to speak that language. Arigato gozaimasu Bri (Report)Reply

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  • Eugene LevichEugene Levich (6/8/2017 7:03:00 AM)

    I remember Pearl Harbor very well. I was a few months short of age five, on the NYC subway with my mother, going to meet my father at Carnegie Hall. Someone got on the train and announced the attack, causing consternation among the passengers. When we arrived at Carnegie Hall my father, a WWI veteran said sadly, This means war! That day stuck in my mind because I had never seen so many people so upset. (Report)Reply

    Susan WilliamsSusan Williams(7/1/2017 3:24:00 PM)

    Thank you for sharing your memory, Eugene. Perhaps you could write a poem of this time that you remember and others who were alive then could add what they remember. Just a thought.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/7/2017 9:57:00 PM)

    Thanks for this write about Pearl Harbor which was perhaps the best known war zone during WW II coupled with its historical significance. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 7, 2017


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