War & Peace
After the war in Norway and the German army left, income
and employment they had brought such as building
roads and airports disappeared.
It was a time when my brother and I stole coal from the train
depotís supply, potatoes and other root vegetable were
and the fish in an unpolluted water was plentiful.
We were caught by the police they let me go because I looked
small and innocent. My brother was sent to a youth correction
centre for two years- it still makes me angry thinking of it-
peace had done us no favours.
My mother was doing two newspaper rounds my sister and I
helped her, the morning round was the worst, Norway is a
cold country it was me who found the dead man he had frozen
to death, drunk and falling asleep in a snow drift.
Iím sitting here as an elderly man remembering the old days
and ďnot good old daysĒ we had each other and family love.
I sit here ancient man with house, car and a modest success,
oh, my why wouldnít I give to feel the love again, but they
have gone now- all of them- and Iím the only link to our past.