Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
Here's another of my "new" poems from my late grandmother's collection - You can definitely see a recurring World War II theme in Nana's work. She wrote this one in 1945.
by Velma M Carlson (1903-1996)
When your days are dark and gloomy,
And you're feeling down and blue;
Dont give up and let it get you.
There's so much that you can do.
When you're feeling low in spirit,
And it seems the sun won't shine;
Don't give up to sit and whine
If you feel that you are beaten.
You can never win the day.
Just say, "I know that I can do it,"
For where there's will, there's a way.
Don't give up and say, "I'm weary -
What's the use for me to try?"
Scatter sunshine to your neighbor;
Don't just sit around and cry.
You may not achieve great power,
Nor may never rise to fame.
Pass a kind word to your neighbor;
You'll have just as much to gain.
You can help our boys in combat,
On the land or far at sea;
But you can't if you don't want to -
It's really up to you and me.
Dont give up and grieve so deeply -
It won't help if it's your boy.
Many mothers hearts are heavy;
Maybe you could bring them joy.
Maybe they have greater sorrows,
If you but pause and give it thought -
If you but think of them more often,
It would ease your own a lot.
We at home have every comfort -
Warmth and food and loving care;
And to sit around and grumble, well -
It just really isn't fair.
Give a broad grin to your neighbor;
Help to cheer him, urge him on.
Do defense work in your kitchen;
Start each morning with a song.
Help those lads of ours in service;
Keep "Old Glory" waving high -
And those clouds which seem so heavy,
Hanging o'er you in the sky.
Let the sun shine brightly through them;
I know you can if you'll but say,
"I have been so down and gloomy -
But I'm not - I'm not today."
"There are things I must accomplish;
There's so much that I can do -
Look at all the time I've wasted,
Just sitting around and feeling blue."
"I've had days when I've been weary,
Many days when I've been blue.
So that's just why I've learned the answers
And am passing them along to you."
We want to help our boys in service;
Help to keep the homes we love -
Help to keep "Old Glory" waving,
Giving thanks to God, above.
~ 1945 ~