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Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)
- TITLE: Bletchley Park Revisited
By Margaret Kearley
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With paper-like transparent skin
Grasped knobble-headed walking cane
To trace the path of youth again,
And back to life, from memory dark,
Poured sights and sounds of Bletchley Park.
With misted eyes, she strained to see
The bare-brick huts, haphazardly
Strewn here and there, as if by chance,
Each taking up a lonely stance.
A strong flame grew, lit by the spark
Of renewed love for Bletchley Park.
And once again, in her mind’s eye
The boys and girls all hurried by.
Their chatter offering brief relief
To suffering hearts in war-time grief.
She almost heard the odd remark
From colleagues, friends, at Bletchley Park.
The huts now still and silent lay,
If walls could talk – what would they say?
For here lay secrets never shared,
Never revealed, never compared,
The past lay hidden in the dark,
Carefully concealed at Bletchley Park.
She stood before the huge machine,
Peculiarly still and clean,
Then raised an age-d, trembling hand
To touch again her one-time ‘friend’.
Once more she was a teenage clerk
Deciphering codes at Bletchley Park.
What skill the enemy devised
In code, hidden even from the wise.
They boasted it could not be solved,
Such was the intellect involved.
But every dot and dash and mark
Was scrutinised at Bletchley Park.
And never guessed was the sheer might
Of thousands working day and night.
Young minds, intent, eager and keen
To break the Nazi war machine.
Code-writer’s skill, corrupt and dark,
Was solved and smashed at Bletchley Park.
Gnarled, wrinkled hand, blue-veined and thin
With paper-like transparent skin,
Blue, clouded, opaque, misty eyes
Beheld God’s Power beyond the skies.
And she recalled she played a part
In the success of Bletchley Park .
Based on truth.
The UK code breakers at Bletchley Park were instrumental in the winning of World War II. It is believed their work shortened the war by at least two years. Last year at the ‘Enigma Weekend’ we heard of a 19 year old girl who had cracked part of the code, with significant consequences on the progression of the war. This ‘girl’ was expected to be visiting the Park that weekend .....
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