Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday Poem: A New One In The Witch Series

The Night Witches - 1941

Flew over the Soviet Union,
bombing the Nazis
in wooden planes
no one else wanted to fly.

They wore saggy
ill-fitting men’s
uniforms, flew
without parachutes,
got frostbite on their faces
in open cockpits,
and cut their engines
to glide in over their targets.

Russian women who didn’t
care whether they lived
or died, flying so low
you could see their faces
glowing against the sky.

The Germans said they took
magic pills that gave them
night vision. They laughed
and painted their lips with
navigational pencils, drew
flowers all over their planes.


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