Marjorie Atkinson

1919 – 1919

Stealthily, quietly

Gathered many living


Perfect conditions prevailed…

WW1 global troop movement,

Vulnerability of the healthy young,


Lack of treatments,

All encouraged this scourge.

Bodies piled up in makeshift morgues

before the virus ended its march.

My mother proudly announced,

’I caught Spanish ‘Flu

and lived through it’.

Many times in childhood I wondered,

’Why, oh why,

Did she survive?’