Tyneham '43 Copyright Â© Richard J Whiting 2011
Villagers in Tyneham, Dorset, received notice in November 1943 that their village was to be used to train soldiers in the use of new weaponry. They had to leave by December 19th. They were promised that when peace was won, that they would be allowed back to their village. The population of Tyneham (Census 2001) was given as zero.
All along Post Office Row
Fingers opened envelopes;
Mouths quit eating,
Still, Still Copyright Â© Richard J Whiting 2011
Gathered around a shop-front,
As if all we need
Is a cover-drive
Finding Focus Copyright © R J Whiting
Tomorrow, theyʼd promised
To head for the coast…
Coins dropped in metallic rhyme.
Camp Fire Copyright © Sally Anne Adams 2011
Kumbaya my Lord we sang
around the dancing flames
our bottoms on the clay.