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I want to mention several of the poems. The first is Ghost Squadron. It recites the dream of a man watching a ghostly squadron of unreal planes fly across his mind in dreams. How striking the words. And then In the Aftermath of Battle you can imagine the scenes of carnage. Also there was Danger UXB (unexploded Bomb). It chronicled the danger lurking after every raid of the blitz in unexploded bombs. And finally I want to mention A Wartime Stroll. A line comes from that poem to my heart. "Tell our young folk . . . how their forefathers fought, how some never grew old." War is also about the young, many of who die way too young.
In my first wife's Grandmother's home there was a picture of an Army Airman from WWII. And there was the gold star and gold gilded around the frame of the picture. He went down somewhere between Africa and Italy in a B-25 bomber, never to be heard of again. He was forever young in her older heart. And forever gone with no way for her to ever be totally sure. The wages of war are death. The wages of war for so many are sadness. it was certainly true for her.
The title of the book, Lest We Forget, says it all. We must never forget. We cannot allow the Holocaust, another poem, and a horrific event, to occur again. We must be forever vigilant to recognize and be grateful to our living veterans, old now, but once warriors. How could I give anything less than five stars to this magnificent tribute to those who fought for us all.
One of my favorites was Ghost Squadron, though set in a time period long past, defines PTSD as it plagued men in those times, just as it affects men and woman of today.
Another is Where Poppies Grow, that offers visual memories of wars and the innumerable dead, and leaves us wondering why.
Lest We forget is a short book of poems filled with pride, emotion, loss, and memory that many should read. I highly recommend this to serious military aficionados, especially those fond of history.
Within the poems sketched by Mr. Porter, we delve into the world of wars past, the trials our fathers and grandfathers lived through in the earlier part of the 20th century. With practiced diligence, Porter depicts the excitement and the emaciation of war, the pride in fighting, and the pain in dying.
My own father and my husband's grandfather both served in the US Navy in WWII. I have listened to stories about the pranks, what life was like, and how it felt to watch someone die, whether by enemy fire or because that person simply couldn't go on being a part of the atrocities. Lest We Forget does an excellent job of capturing many such stories in the brief but descriptive form of poetry. While many of the poems follow the same form of the four-line stanza and abba or abab rhyme scheme, each poem defines itself by subject matter or word selection.
Many of the poems are dedicated to specific events , squadrons, or individuals related to various wartime campaigns, including the World Wars and Korea.
Step back in time and allow the writer to place you right in the center of a city being bombed during WWII. Reading 'Blitz', you will feel immersed in the terror, you will see the chaos and destruction as people scramble for safety.
'From the Trenches' gives the reader a hint of conditions so horrible, some even hoped to die.
Ride along with the historic Royal Air Force 617 Squadron in 'Apres Moi, le Deluge'.
Through out the book, the author reminds us that war is not to be glamorized, as people on both sides of a conflict suffer immensely, and he puts a compassionate human face to the label 'enemy'.
'Ghost Squadron' will give you chills as the hair on the back of your neck stands up, spooked by the sight of a Ghost Squadron in the sky, long after the war is over.
'Blitz' is filled with carefully studied and well-thought out content, written so well, expressed in a way that gives the reader the feeling they experienced these situations in real time.
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