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The submarine base being built;
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The Submarine Base Bordeaux now (Google)

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Present and past are mixing now.

The veil of present sifting

Always sifting through the past.

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Isn’t she like her mother!

Such a joker, always laughing!

Blonde hair and so keen on the boys!

Hope she doesn’t end up in trouble!

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I remember being stuck in a tram

Stuck in a tram during an air raid

On the Pont de Pierre

Nothing to be done but sit and hope.

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The RAF was bombing the Nazi submarine base.

Two kilometers away down the river.

If they missed French lives were lost.

It is still there built by slave labour.

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Impossible to destroy even now!

Thousands of tons of concrete reinforced

With railway lines. The bombs bounced

Off the roof when they hit directly.

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Now a marine base and exhibition centre

With many coloured flags, modern art

And children playing. So different

From that dark night many years ago.

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That I remember and  which colours the present.

So when I am gone, who will remember?

Will some one carry the flame of that night

For those who died for us to be free.

Text Geoff Clements

 

French translation,:  thanks, Anne Marie Clements

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