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On Doodlebugs & Carrying On

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 what calls us here is simple

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 the need to feel the same

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 but in our hearts such fear is felt

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 as we survey the game

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 the ‘spotters’ strain upon the rooves

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 they gaze upon the stand

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 a whistle ever close to lips

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 binoculars in hand

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 last night in early evening

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 as we sat down to eat

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 a Doodlebug so suddenly

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 destroyed a nearby street

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 I heard the engine slowly stall

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 and hover overhead

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 a young girl screamed “Oh God not here”

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 we never knew the dead

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 nor can we know when they will come

18 Leave a comment on verse 18 0 or if we will survive

19 Leave a comment on verse 19 0 but like this match before me

20 Leave a comment on verse 20 0 we carry on with life

21 Leave a comment on verse 21 0 so little time to face the threat

22 Leave a comment on verse 22 0 we count four minutes down

23 Leave a comment on verse 23 0 what mayhem here should they appear

24 Leave a comment on verse 24 0 to bomb this football ground?

25 Leave a comment on verse 25 0 what fate for us we wonder

26 Leave a comment on verse 26 0 for mother dad or friend

27 Leave a comment on verse 27 0 we keep our ‘small-talk’ going

28 Leave a comment on verse 28 0 defiant til the end

29 Leave a comment on verse 29 0 but this is how we face each day

30 Leave a comment on verse 30 0 with fear and baited breath

31 Leave a comment on verse 31 0 this afternoon perhaps tonight

32 Leave a comment on verse 32 0 these dreaded bombs of death

Written as part of the Chelsea FC , Education Through Football project.
During the 2nd World War teams were determined to carry on as normal, lthough putting an actual side out was often difficult.Many clubs were foroced to play guest players, as their notrmal players had been called away to serve in the armed forces.The dtrminaton to carry on was severely tested by hte danger of V1 flying bombs (Doodlebugs) and V2 .Rockets.Spotters with whistles were posted on the room of the Main Stand to try and warn the Spectators about the dangers of flying bombs.Nothing however could be done about V2 Rockets.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/on-doodlebugs-carrying-on/