Pearl Harbor




Tenth Grade English Composition
 1951
December 7, 1941


 On a cold, gray morning

  when the fog had yet to rise,

The seagulls made a flutter
 like a bird of paradise.

The waves were as a rose vine
 coils in an arbor,
Thus began the day
  Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

The sun had yet to rise that day, 
December seven.
Dawn had just receded 
to another day in heaven,

When from the sky a frightful noise
 came booming from a gun.
Now in the place of clouds and sky
 had come 
The Rising Sun.

Their guns were all ablaze.
From the air there came a shrieking
Of bullets,
 whizzing by to find their targets,
 quickly streaking.

The planes upon the ground 
were shattered as they stood.
For the men to take their stations,
would of course, have done no good.

The people who had lived at Pearl Harbor
 were not spared.
Families of the fighting men 
were sadly not prepared.

A couple that had risen right at dawn
 to walk for pleasure
Were shattered, killed by bullets 
which were made for such a measure.

A moment quickly passed,
  now the air was filled with death.
Looking toward the morning sky, 
only clouds were left.

The sun had risen in the east; 
its bright light showed a flood
Of red, red streaks 
upon the ground,
 now sadly stained
 with blood.

The stillness in the morning air 
seemed empty, 
dark and chilling.
A group of planes had quickly come. 
 Their one intent was killing.

The second world war began.
 With it came the strife
For families of the men 
whose fate it was 
to lose their life.

Pearl Harbor was the turning point 
in nineteen forty-one.
It was to bring a mask of death 
for five long years to come.

The seventh day of every month 
we pause 
and should remember

The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor 
on the seventh of December.

I've often wondered at the intensity of thought
 of a 16 year old girl
 considering the awful event of Pearl Harbor.

This was written in 1951.
 The event had happened only ten years earlier.
 Although it seems to us in 2018 
as only a point in history, 
it was very real to a teen-ager 
in those times.

The war had been over for 6 years at that time.
 It remained fresh in the minds of our people.

The men and women who served in the war, 
many  of whom are still with us today,
 can never erase the images 
of  horrors they witnessed
 during their time of service to our country.

December 7th is a date to remember.
If we cannot remember what happened on that date,
investigate the history books.

It must never happen again.
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