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The Day Glenn Miller's Plane Disappeared

By TrishSaunders, May 6, 2017.

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  1. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    Here's the secret about war.
    It's such a bore--

    government shacks,
    rats and roaches,
    harsh shampoo
    if you can find it,
    staticky radio
    tuned to cooking tips, and
    worst of all, the community clothesline
    with mountains of shirts and sheets
    ready to pin up beside a stranger’s underwear.

    Worse even than that: sad-sack shirts and pants
    abandoned on the line,
    gimpy limbs
    that shimmy and shake in rough winds
    or hang in the rain, till the
    chaplain's wife unpins them,
    to send back home with a letter.

    But once, his band played the island
    and oh dear God,
    we danced to String of Pearls.
  2. Ton Romus

    Ton Romus Well-Known Member Supporter

    dang, I can deduce a laundry list out of that "string!"

    Love the fact (FACT!) war is an effing bore and the reminiscing + celebrating of prior conquests is akin to opium in the mind
    tantalizing the user with some euphoric high based on really bad shit.

    Totally like this.

    Curious as to what inspired the write?

    Is this part of a series? Or...

  3. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    world war II was a central fact in my parents' lives, they both were in; coast guard and navy.

    And...thanks for noticing...both my parents mentioned that, aside from the obvious horror of deaths, bloodshed, the holocaust, civilizations crumbling ..and those of course were the central tragedy of the war,

    NOBODY wanted to admit, lest they sound really callous:  the whole thing was terribly boring. Except! for the music.

    LOL, thanks, Ton.
  4. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    I am also a big fan of glenn miller.
    and the mystery of his plane going down may be solved...
  5. Tom Riordan

    Tom Riordan member Supporter

    Rich, Trish.

  6. Anna Ruiz

    Anna Ruiz I have the same religion as that tree over there. Supporter

    Enjoyed Ms. Saunders, from the title to the title.  Details.  It's all about the details, in plain sight but not seen until lived and retold.  The swing era of the greatest generation.

    It never ceases to amaze me that through it all, we can and do create poetry, music, art.  And dance and make love.  For me, this is the essence of pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, the rest of it either in survival or kill mode.
  7. silent lotus

    silent lotus _-_== Loiterer ==_-_ Supporter

    dear Trish

    wonderful how you entertain us to that "the islands" might also be seen/referred to  as ' a string of pearls'

    silent lotus

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  8. Tom Riordan

    Tom Riordan member Supporter

    Yeah. And so Pearl Harbor comes to mind.
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  9. Ben Stubbs

    Ben Stubbs Well-Known Member Supporter

    Brings it all to me real vivdly.   Small query in why the shirts and pants are abandoned on the line when presumably necessity would make them have to be worn again any time soon?
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  10. Tom Riordan

    Tom Riordan member Supporter

    I thought maybe the clothes of casualties.
  11. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    'exactly, Tom! They would have stayed up if the airmen never came back.  AT least fora  while. Yep, Glen Miller had the goods all right. Thanks, as well, Anna and Ben. Appreciate your reads.
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  12. Tim J Brennan

    Tim J Brennan Well-Known Member

    Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?
    Track twenty nine, boy you can gimme a shine?
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  13. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    I can afford to board the chattanooga choo choo
    I got my fare, but not a nickel to spare.

    Those songwriters were poets.
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  14. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    How lovely, Silent! Yes, the Hawaiian Islands are also like a string of pearls! Or maybe an emerald necklace!
  15. Roger Fizzerton

    Roger Fizzerton Well-Known Member Supporter Editor

    Greatly enjoyed this Trish, the image and idea of the community washline works so well.

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  16. Maria Mazzenga

    Maria Mazzenga Well-Known Member Supporter Editor

    Especially liked how you sewed the language of the period into this poem.  Great title.
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  17. Frank Bulb

    Frank Bulb Well-Known Member Supporter

    Real nice piece.  As Maria notes, lovely transporting feel of the era.
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  18. don chance

    don chance "~Happy Buddha~"

    Quite a nice piece of that era.  You can't think about WWII without the music.
    This is true for Vietnam with CCR & Stones, etc.
    When down to base needs, music becomes a glue for holding onto sanity.
    (most wars are 99% boring and 1% sheer terror  anyway)
  19. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    I'm so glad that you, a former soldier, understand that. The indescribable boredom .... punctuated by moments of unearthly terror.

    My nephew was a medic in Afghanistan; they flew him in during a firefight, to replace the former medic who'd been killed. He said nothing could have prepared him for that..

    I still believe that one day, maybe in the distant future, there will be no more wars.
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  20. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    Frank, Maria, Rog., I deeply appreciate your reading and liking this.
  21. Cheryl.Leverette

    Cheryl.Leverette Reading poetry, editing media

    Love the first 6 lines, the list, Trish.
  22. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    Thank you!
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  23. Jenn Zed

    Jenn Zed Solid State Gynoid Supporter Editor

    Love all the description of the boring, Trish, the everyday domestic objects of the time identifying person and people .. and then you lift it very high right at the end.
    Beautifully done. :)

    Love it.
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  24. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    aw, thanks, Jenn! coming from you..high praise, chica
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  25. Edison Jennings

    Edison Jennings Well-Known Member Editor

      This is dynamite. Tight and dynamic, like big band jazz.  In fact the poem's language is jazzy.  An American poet about an American and an American tragedy.  A threefer. Oh yes, and ironic: the gaiety of Miller's music counterpointed with the sorrow of his death and the horror oh WWII. (I wrote a Miller poem titled, In the Mood.)
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  26. Anna Ruiz

    Anna Ruiz I have the same religion as that tree over there. Supporter

    I'm reminded of the All In The Family theme song.  Somehow appropriate.
  27. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    Thank you so much, Lance! Deeply appreciated ...believe me.
  28. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    Did you...I would SURE love to see that.
    Thank you.
  29. TrishSaunders

    TrishSaunders Member Supporter Editor

    TOM! THANK YOU! It took a while to play, but that is a find! Hawaii would have sounded just like that in the 30s and 40s.
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  30. ray miller

    ray miller Well-Known Member

    Nice poem. The staticky radio and community clothesline kind of mirror each other, I think.

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