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)
Poet's Notes about The Poem
75 years and 6 months since Pearl Harbor attack in 1941
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