The Mystic East

This poem, written in Skeeter's handwriting, was found in amongst his letters and papers kept by him from WWII. It is published posthumously.

There was a P.S. at the bottom which read, "Adele Smith is the special correspondent for the Woman's Weekly in Malaya and she wrote a story about the wonderful time the boys are having in Malaya. Evidently they don't agree with her".


What is ‘war’ a little girl of six years pondered as she sat outside the hedge which surrounded her mother’s garden? The adults talked about what they read in the newspaper and listened intently to the news on the radio. It was late 1939 and I was that six-year-old girl. At first, life on the dairy farm went on as usual. My parents remembered that other War of 1914-1918 and they probably wondered what would happen this time.