A man in a top hat takes sunshine readings on the roof of the Guildhall in Bath A man in a top hat takes sunshine readings on the roof of the Guildhall in Bath Show image info

Bath Medical Officer of Health Dr Symons takes a sunshin reading ref: 42/45

The Warmth of the Sun

Written in 2019 by a member of a creative writing class, through a collaboration between Bath Record Office and the St. John’s Foundation.

When I arrived into this world,
I had an older brother,
He was gentle, kind and loving,
We really liked each other.

Our early years of childhood,
Were disturbed by interruption
of wailing siren warnings,
Then followed by destruction.

Little children are excited
By things which make a noise,
Counting Spitfires flying over,
Was a thrill for little boys!

The War raged on around us,
As events became chaotic,
Our home was now involved,
The conditions - catastrophic.

Shattered glass and debris
Came flying through the air,
Our world reduced to darkness,
The noise - was everywhere.

Time just counts for nothing,
Horror strikes the soul,
Everything is different,
Familiar things unroll.

From our space inside The Shelter,
We saw the sky - still blue.
As the Sun continued shining,
There’d be a Future, too.

Susan Roden, March 2019