was just before dawn one miserable morning
in black forty-four
when the forward commander was told to sit tight
when asked that his men be withdrawn
And the generals gave thanks as the other ranks
held back the enemy tanks - for a while
And then the Anzio beachhead was held for the price
of a few hundred ordinary lives
Jake drove the police car back to town, to the town hall. After getting an earful from Major Beck, Jake said he'd take Dale home, so Bill and Stanley departed. It was getting dark out, but Stanley stopped by Jennings and Rall to see if Mimi was still there. Trish said, "No, she went home hours ago."
Stanley nodded and got back into his truck, continuing driving towards his home. He was looking forward to seeing Mimi and Bonnie. He just didn't want to have to think about Goetz for a while. He didn't want to worry about what was going to happen, or if he and his family were in any danger. It was these thoughts that plagued him as he drove home.
And kind old King George sent
mother a note
when he heard that father was gone
It was, I recall, in the form of a scroll
with golden leaf and all
And I found it one day in a drawer of old
photographs hidden away
And my eyes still grow damp to remember
His Majesty signed with his own rubber stamp
He knew as soon as pulled into the driveway that something was wrong. He saw tire tracks. He saw the dark windows. It wasn't that late; someone would have left a light on for him. Something as simple as the darkness made his stomach churn and his thoughts race.
was dark all around
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free
And no one survived from the Royal Fusiliers Company C
They were all left behind
Most of them dead
The rest of them dying
And that's how the High Command took my Daddy from me
Stanley walked in the door, and it felt like a bomb had been dropped on his head. His mouth dropped open in an expression of horror and violation of all things sacred.
"Oh. My God. Bonnie!"
As he went to his baby sister, memories wash over him. "Come on, Bonnie, wake up," he said, trying to force back tears. "You can't be d–" His mouth wouldn't form the words. And then the sobs come.
And then he remembered Mimi. In his grief over Bonnie, he didn't think of Mimi – she couldn't be d – he didn't finish the thought. Trish said she'd come home hours ago.
"Oh, Jesus," he said. He let go of his sister and stood up. "Mimi!" He was close to panic. She had to be alright.
And he thought of when he lost his parents.
Jesus, Jesus, what's
it all about?
Trying to clout these little ingrates into shape.
When I was their age all the lights went out.
There was no time to whine or mope about.
And even now part of me flies over
Dresden at angels one five.
Though they'll never fathom it behind my
Sarcasm desperate memories lie.
"What is it, Jimmy?"
"Stanley, I'm so sorry, man."
"There's been an accident."
"Your parents – and Bonnie – they were driving, and – I'm so sorry, Stanley."
"They crashed. Your parents are dead."
"What?" A wave of shock hit Stanley, and he said, "And Bonnie?" She was only four years old, his little baby sister. His beautiful baby sister.
"Bonnie's okay, but–" Jimmy broke off.
"But, what, Jimmy?" Stanley asked, tersely. "What happened to my sister?"
"She's gone deaf. The crash, it blew out her hearing or something. I don't know. She's at the hospital. The new doctor, April something-or-other, is taking care of her. She'll be alright."
sweetheart are you fast asleep? Good.
'Cause that's the only time that I can really speak to you.
And there is something that I've locked away
A memory that is too painful
To withstand the light of day.
"What is it, Bonnie?" Stanley asked his sister.
"Where are Mom and Dad?"
And Stanley's heart broke.
When we came back from the war the banners and
Flags hung on everyone's door.
We danced and we sang in the street and
The church bells rang.
But burning in my heart
My memory smolders on
Of the gunners dying words on the intercom.
"Mimi," he called.
And then he found her.
And Stanley's heart broke.
As he called 911 and sobbed out that his sister was dead and Mimi was dying, he wanted to know what happened. He wanted to know who killed his sister, his beautiful baby sister, who had survived so much. He wanted revenge.
And when Jake arrived, Stanley was cradling his sister's body, sobbing.
"Mom and Dad aren't coming back, Bonnie."
And neither are you.