RAF Poem

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Title

RAF Poem

Description

Untitled poem on joining up to fight. Men leave behind their identities to become aircrew. Submitted with caption; 'RAF Poem'.

Language

Format

One page printed document

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Rights

This content is available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 International license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0). It has been published ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre. For more information, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ and https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/legal.

Contributor

Identifier

MPotterPL1878961-150914-30

Transcription

[anonymous poem]

Empty your pockets, Tom, Dick and Harry. Strip your

identity, leave it behind.

Lawyer, Farmhand, Mechanic, don’t tarry with your

own country with your own kind.

Leave all your letters, suburb and township.

Green Fen and grocery, slip-way and bay.

Hot spring and prairie, smoke stack and coal tip.

Leave in our keeping while you’re away.

Tom, Dick and Harry, plain names and numbers,

Pilot, Observer and Gunner depart

Their personal litter only encumbers

Somebody’s head, somebody’s heart.

Collection

Citation

“RAF Poem,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 5, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/30905.

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