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Picture 10922759, WW2 greetings card, image copyright Mary Evans / March of the Women Collection

Snowfall in the Barracks
by Sheila Jacob

 

December 1940

 

 

He wakes to a white brightness,

snubs his nose against the window.

Snow is gloving bare trees,

bandaging gates and fences,

furring the barracks yard.

 

If it’s snowing back home

Mom will be lathering smalls,

to-ing and fro-ing between sink

and washing-line, moulting

ice over the kitchen floor.

 

He grins at the thought.

Fresh snow deep-cleansing undies,

turning the gasworks into a giant

cotton reel, plopping in the cut

and melting like Epsom Salts.

 

Here, snow yields to the scrunch

of shiny boots etching pathways

that criss-cross, zig-zag, mulch

and freeze beneath more showers.

By nighttime, the yard is ermine.

 

On duty, he swaps rifle for spade.

Waiting for Christmas, Soldier?

“No Sarge, sorry Sarge” – shovels

slowly, kneads two silver handfuls

and lobs snowballs into the air.

 

 

© Sheila Jacob, from Through My Father’s Eyes

Picture 10922759, WW2 greetings card, image copyright Mary Evans / March of the Women Collection

 

 

Sheila Jacob was born and raised in Birmingham, and lives with her husband in North Wales. She resumed writing poetry in 2013 after a long absence. She’s had poems published in Sarasvati, Reach Poetry, The Dawntreader, The Cannon’s Mouth, Clear Poetry and The Blue Nib, amongst others, and on various webzines including Atrium and The Poetry Village. In March 2019 she self-published a chapbook of poems, Through My Father’s Eyes. The poems form a tribute to her father and his working-class upbringing in Birmingham.

 

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