Poetry ● Poet Poem ● Rhyme ● Verse ● Limerick ● Ode ● Prose ● Story ● Anecdote
The story behind the poem ● Free sign-up
Have you written a poem for the world to read?

Poem and Poet
~ From your works shall you be known ~

Animals Dreams Family History Homes Humor Love
Myth Names People Pets Philosophy Places Plants
Real life Seasons Sorrow Sport Travel
Order a poem Advertise with us Submit a poem Respond to a poem Feedback Poetry material Sitemap

As life moves swiftly onwards
The story behind the poem

This poem was written by my wife Lin's father who died about 30 years ago. He was a journalist living in Czechoslovakia when World War II broke out. He was on the hit list and escaped just in time, leaving his wife and young child behind, hoping to return shortly.

He walked, yes, walked, to the English channel almost getting shot climbing over a fence on the way. There he got on a boat and landed in England where, being German-speaking and having no papers he was interned on the Isle of Man.

At the end of the war he was released but without papers couldn't then return to Czechoslovakia to be re-united with his wife, she couldn't leave Czechoslovakia and they ended up having to get divorced. Then he met Lin's mum as his English teacher, they got married and had two daughters. He died of cancer while Lin and her sister were still quite young.

by Graham Lane on behalf of Rudolph Prade, his father-in-law

Read the poem
 

Vote For My Site!

Visit my Italy blog


All content is the property of either Damaris West or the poem's author as appropriate and may not be reproduced in any way without their written permission.
Home page | Sitemap | Feedback Form | Add to favorites | Submit a poem | Respond to a poem
Useful links | About the webmaster | Privacy promise | Poem and Poet | Favorite poems | Link to me
A brief history of poetry | Day of the week for the date | Advertise with us | Poetry material

Commission a poem

~ Poem and Poet ~