Colin Ian Jeffery

Freshman - 942 Points (20th May 1942 / Caterham)

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 screams the warning
German bombers are coming
Death will soon fall from the sky
And mothers rush in deadly panic
Gathering children and grandparents
Hurrying them with the dog
Down the back garden into the shelter.

Families in terror huddle together
As bombs come raining down
Houses explode into rubble
The 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: Sunday, November 29, 2015

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