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December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor
Sharon Auberle


I imagine my mother that night, 
listening to the radio,
Glenn Miller’s String of Pearls,
Edward R. Murrow wishing the world
good night and good luck
then breaking news...
the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
My mother’s hands are folded 
on the mound that is me,
that pulsating cord connecting us.
I wonder if I know her fear,
feel the tightening, the terror,
the anger, suppressed
because of the child in her belly.
She feels me moving beneath her dress,
and thinks of Japanese mothers
and their babies soon to be born,
as I will be born three months later.
I have not yet lived long enough
to see world peace.
So many never have the chance.


© by Sharon Auberle.
Used with the author's permission.

Photo by Len Villano

Sharon Auberle is a poet and photographer who lives in Door County, Wisconsin.  Author of six poetry collections, her work has appeared in numerous publications and on-line magazines, as well as a variety of anthologies. Sharon served as Poet Laureate of Door County from 2017- 2019; her latest book is Dovetail, a poetry/sketch collaboration with poet and artist Jeanie Tomasko, which won the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Annual Chapbook Prize. Sharon’s earlier years of living in the spare landscapes of the Southwest, and now surrounded by  Northern woods and waters, along with interests in Zen, music, and photography, provide her with endless inspiration.



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love your poem, sharon. that line " i have not yet lived long enough to see world peace" stops my heart with sadness. the sad and poignant truth. but we'll keep singing... "i swear it's not too late"
Posted 12/07/2010 05:33 PM
Joe Sottile:
Sharon Auberle captures a historic moment in time with great clarity. One of the wonderful aspects of this website is that it reminds readers and poets that we can read and write about anything--that is, any topic can touch us and transform us. Jayne with this website enriches the lives of all its readers. Thank you, Jayne.
Posted 12/07/2010 11:05 AM

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