One of the most famous photographs caught an enthusiastic young US sailor grabbing a bent-over kiss  

from a young girl in New York City as Victory Over Japan was celebrated in 1945 and WW2 ended.

His death has just been announced - not long after that of his partner in that memorable picture.


So the young sailor in that famous photo

Has said his mortal goodbye

A lifetime for sure since he kissed that girl

And found himself in the world's watching eye.


Surely seized by relief and happiness

He had given her a proper "smacker"

No mind to what was going on around - 

Or if it was thought he was her attacker.


It was VJ Day in the Big Apple

And the war was finally done

And folk everywhere were celebrating the fact

Each taking their chance of fun.


That young sailor did what sailors do

In each and any port

And the nicest girls the whole world through

Would have gladly been a sport!


Now both boy and girl are gone now:

Let's hope they can kiss again

In reborn joy in heaven above

Freed from mortal age and pain.







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M.C. Newberry

Thu 21st Feb 2019 17:02

Dave C. Good question. But too many of today's occupants of these
islands put our history aside in favour of their own personal interests
so I think not. But history will tell future generations what was done -
and why.

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Dave Caplan

Wed 20th Feb 2019 23:57

That scene in Times Square, New York
must have been akin to that of V.E. day in London.

Are we going to have similar scenes after Brexit ? !

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Don Matthews

Wed 20th Feb 2019 21:50

Very good MC ?


Wed 20th Feb 2019 19:32

I think it's likely you're absolutely right--what joy and relief!

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 20th Feb 2019 19:25

Rachel - I think that this instance - from a moment of massive relief
and joy - will not have had any deleterious effect on the participants.
Think of movie stars whose presence in their widely witnessed
work share all sorts of perceived "moments" and "insights" into
their lives and rarely suffer from any problems - unless that includes
the fear of later obscurity. Some retire from the job and decide on
other work - which may also be a factor - but rarely, I think.


Wed 20th Feb 2019 19:18

A gloriously affectionate moment among many shared that day, no doubt.

I often think of how the subjects of such iconic photos must feel. I mean, it must play psychological tricks on the mind when personal moments become fixation and property of the general population--just a thought.

But, the power of that photo to dredge up so much emotion--that's a real credit to photography and the timelessness of our humanity.


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keith jeffries

Wed 20th Feb 2019 19:02

A cheerful poem of hope.
Thank you for this


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