When my mother Joan had just turned 16, she wrote a poem on December 31, 1938. It purveys the poignant longing of a teenage girl, yearning for the past and fearful of a future beset by rumblings of war.
New Year’s Eve 1938
New Year Moment
Time, time, gather up your skirts for a moment
But do not depart.
Linger a while; I would hold this moment
Always in my heart.
Time, time – I want to steal this moment
Put it in an archive
Far within my heart. Then you may go out,
Leaving one past, and live.