On D-Day, June 6, 1944, “Operation Overlord”, the long-awaited invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, began with Allied armies from the U.S., Britain and Canada landing on the coast of Normandy. On D-Day, the 3rdCanadian Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach. The Canadian assault troops stormed ashore in the face of fierce opposition from German strongholds and mined beach obstacles. The soldiers raced across the wide-open beaches swept with machine gun fire, and stormed the gun positions. In fierce hand-to-hand fighting, they fought their way into the towns of Bernières, Courseulles and St. Aubin and then advanced inland, securing a critical bridgehead for the allied invasion. The victory was a turning point in World War II and led to the liberation of Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany.
An Excess of Situational Awareness
If you protest, they will hear you. Demonstrate,
and they will come. Through the wires, over internet,
by email, social media, the government will watch you.
Criticize and they will come.
First they choked off their own cabinet, the ministers
and their deputies, then attacked their official opposition.
The scientists were silenced, literary handouts chopped
in the name of fiscal clarity and balanced budget.
Say nothing now on Facebook, not a chirrup nor a twitter.
They may claim anti-anarchy is their sole and guiding purpose,
Big Brother’s out to save us all by focusing on anyone
who dares to speak aloud to take their leader’s name in vain.
You always thought your nation was the haven of the free.
Now our government is watching and its target’s you and me.
Carol A. Stephen,
June 6, 2014
Carol A. Stephen is a Canadian poet. She’s twice been shortlisted, and in 2012 took 3rd place, in Canadian Authors Association National Capital Writing Contest. Carol is the author of two chapbooks, Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets, and Architectural Variations.
Carol A. Stephen,
Carleton Place, On. Canada, K7C 4P8
Published with permission of the above author.