Fay Slimm.

Who Knows ?


Dedicated to all those living in September 1939.


Who Knows ?


And September-3rd rain dims

won peace disarming the patience

of now-disturbed people

as the world unbelievingly waits

uncertain but hopes expire

when as that third day emerges 

from neutral air, war arrives.


Faces exchange fear in waves 

of anger while many agree that 

the international mantra

"Those to whom evil is done do

the same in return" seems 

insane but who knows even now 

how to adjust that falsified

bit of the formerly useful idiom ? 


Let us never make progress forward

to historically backward windows

where when shut by sacrificed lives

deserve to stay peacefully closed.






  • Doggerel Dave

    Doom , doom. We are not far off the same position today Fay, IMHO.
    What will avert? We each can only do what we can peacefully do.... In this case it is your poem - Thanks.
    Tell Governments how wrong they are?

    • Fay Slimm.

      Glad you sing from the same sheet on this subject Dave - - peace is always resisted by those who know better - when will they wake up ? - - thanks a load for your visit and considered opinion on Who Knows.

    • dusk arising

      England declares war on Germany. How different could it have been had we not been so hasty. Would he have continued east to russia, ignoring blighty and we could have peace till the USA came onboard and we declare war together. How many brit lives would have been saved? Cos declaring war in sept 39 cost us heavy in lives lost both abroad and at home before USA joined in. Our biggest defeat Dunkirk.
      At home was a 'phoney war' we really put our foot in it for blighty sending troops into France. Are we popular in France?
      Where next? Recent history shouts it's question.... Maggie and Blair constructed and conspired jingoistically for their false popularity to ensure re-election but with blood on their hands.

      Very provokative writing from you today Fay.... a good one.

      • Fay Slimm.

        The questions you raise Dusk are all legit. and I wholly agree that from September in 39 the cost in lives was more than enormous - wars seem inevitable and where next we wonder - thanking you masses for this considered review.

      • Neville

        You raise an interesting question that many may think they know the answer to .. But who can put their hand on their heart and say this, this or this would have been the outcome had things been any different back in the day ............. A timely but most unexpected post today seriously enjoyed and demonstrating your unquestionable poetic versatility our lady Fay ...................... x

        • Fay Slimm.

          Yes - glad you saw the timely aspect of my posting today Nev. - -- have been thinking lately how it must have been devastating to those still coping with the after-effects of the 1914-18 war to be told in September 39 to prepare for another world war. Hence the dedication and my thanks for your caring comment..........x

        • Marie

          A very evocative write powerfully penned, dear Fay. History repeats itself because we never seem to learn that all the killing, the dying is all in vain and as long as greedy human beings exist, there will always be a war in some part of our beautiful world. A splendid anti-war write, Fay! Thank you for sharing this in depth, though provoking write! Well done!

          • Fay Slimm.

            Yes dear Marie - history does repeat itself time and again with wars taking lives and no true peace ever in sight. Your caring review of Who Knows is greatly appreciated my friend. and thank you .

          • PrEm Ji


            Agony... &

            • Fay Slimm.

              How true your three words here dear Prem. Thank you for commenting on Who Knows.

            • Accidental Poet

              Some wage war in efforts to gain for themselves. Some are dragged into war to defend themselves from being overtaken, but want only peace. Well penned Fay.

              • Fay Slimm.

                Yes war can break out for all sorts of reasons yet we never learn from its tragic lessons. Thanks for your thoughts on the subject my friend.

              • orchidee

                A bit of a different angle from me on this.
                The words came to mind 'Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense'. It appears the English version of this is: 'Evil be to him/her who evil thinks'.
                Yet I read a snippet in a book of 'the beauty of war'. It jarred with me, I couldn't agree with it.
                Bit of French there too (heehee)..

                • Fay Slimm.

                  Yes I agree Orchi - war can never be anything near beautiful. Thanks for bringing that snippet to our attention after reading through my version of Who Knows.

                • Jerry Reynolds

                  Strong write, Fay.
                  We are wondering in some fragile times again.

                  • Fay Slimm.

                    How true Jerry - these times are disturbing too.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Very good words Fay. We have that 'What if....' again, what if we had not declared war......


                    • Fay Slimm.

                      Yes and those questions can never be truly answered - - thanks for your read and comment on Who Knows dear friend.

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