The Railway Station

As World War II’s  juggernaut
ploughed across Europe
tossing humans like skittles
up in the air around many
countries kind strangers
seeking refuge after their
displacement passed through
Poland’s tiny Matula station
taking with them the newborn
baby abandoned there.

Barely keeping themselves alive
they left her at an orphanage
who named her Anna Matula
for where she was found, she
would always know her place
of origin soon after birth.

Deported from Poland the
orphans were sent from
country to country finally
to New Zealand where all
seven hundred of them were
allowed to stay when the
communist government
demanded their return.

So Anna Matula in a distant
land married a fellow Polish
orphan raising Polish
New Zealand children
putting down roots far away.

Previously posted August 2017.

The Railway Station

8 thoughts on “The Railway Station

    1. I do not know much more. Mum visited her for a few weeks when a friend who usually visited Anna was away on holiday. I did Mum’s visits in the end, Anna was confined to bed during her pregnancy and appreciated visits while her husband was out at work.. Anna told me the little I have told in this poem. She was one of seven hundred orphaned Polish children taken in by the New Zealand government during World War II, and allowed to stay after the war when the communists took over Poland, Very few f them returned to Poland.

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