V E Day, 2020
My mother took me to visit a neighbour
On our street corner.
The lady was very quiet.
She offered Mummy tea and a glass of milk for me.
With a chocolate cookie!
Then she sat down at her beautiful piano
And played a song for Mum.
On top of the piano,
Beside the photos of her 'soldier boy',
I saw a paper covered with water spots.
As we walked home I said, 'Mummy,
Why did Mrs. Gould leave her son's letter
Out in the rain?'
'Oh, Honey,' she replied,
'Those weren't raindrops.'
I didn't understand for a moment.
And then, I nearly tripped on the curb.
'Not raindrops? Oh!'
'Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!'
And Mummy took my hand.
Cynthia Buell Thomas May, 2020