The only thing that really frightened me
during the war was the U boat peril.
-- Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Dad said the British Bulldog mighta been more upset
if he’d watched his buddies bleed out or get captured
in the Battle of the Bulge Western Front
surprise attack rather than assaulting
high tea time’s battle of the bulge
in a linen waistcoat.
More than a century and a half after our colonies
freed themselves from England’s yoke
Bay of Biscay to Biscayne Bay,
those were glückliche Zeiten für Unterseeboote
during which wolf packs of subs
unloaded torpedoes and mines
on grimy Gulf of Mexico targets
then dispersed onto the banks
of those gentle American towns
spies in sheep’s clothing with counterfeit
driver’s licenses plus razor-on-sunburned-cheek
looks which disguised they’d been submerged for weeks.