Colin Ian Jeffery

Veteran Poet - 1,460 Points (20th May 1942 / Redhill Hospital)

Anderson Shelter - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

The British Government in 1939, at the outbreak of World War
Two, issued the Anderson Shelter to its population, costing £5,
6ft 6ins by 4ft 6ins. It was made out of six sheets of curved
corrugated sheets of iron, was half-buried and heaped over
with earth. The shelter saved thousands of lives.


Siren screaming he warning
German bombers coming
Death soon falling from the sky
Mothers rush in deadly panic
Gathering children and grandparents
Hurrying them with pet dog
Down the back garden into the shelter.

Families in terror huddle together
As bombs come raining down
Houses explode into rubble
Hours pass within the shelter
People sleeping fitfully in bunk beds
Waiting for the siren's all clear.

Emerging from the shelter
Weeping mothers hold their children
Delighted the house still stands
And no one in the street has died this time
The family's safe with the dog
All thanks to the Anderson shelter.

Topic(s) of this poem: war


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 25, 2016


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