When I tell you about my day

by Hannah Hodgson

Shirley Cottrell’s diary extract, Tuesday 17th April 1945: “To see Fantasia in afternoon with Mummy”.

Mother, we are firing
silent rounds at the enemy,
bullets they cannot see
and don’t even know exist.

Mother, we conceal weapons
inside our skulls,
fuel them with rations,
save lives abroad.

We are fighting
just like the men, Mother,
you have so much
to be proud of.

Mummy, I hope you enjoyed Fantasia
as much as I did.
Much love,
Shirley.