Is It Alright, Ma?

Is it alright, Ma?

 

Do you get to enjoy

your cuppa and meet

Ben with the post and

argue with Mrs. Hempell

about the cost of the war?

 

Have you nylons now,

and butter for the bread

and real fresh tea each

time for the kettle, no

more stewed brew?

 

Has Alice opened her salon

done your hair the way you like?

 

Can you open the curtains at night

and look at the moon the way you like

or stroll the meadow down Jack’s lane?

 

Is England safe now, Ma?

 

I did what I could.

 

Is it alright now, Ma? 

 

 

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