Today I am so excited to present the second illustrated poem in the fall collaboration series with Ms. Kerfe Roig. Written during his time as a German prisoner of war (from 1941-1945) Mr. Savage’s poem, “Second Autumn,” was initially published in 1947 and then again in the anthology The Terrible Rain (The War Poets 1939-1945) in 1966. I came to be the proud owner of this book during a stop in Hay-on-Wye while on my Welsh hiking trip (click here for a trip down blog post memory lane). When Kerfe let me know that this collage included a fair bit of stitching, I knew it would be amazing – and I was right. I think Mr. Savage’s words and Ms. Roig’s collage together speak in the here and now of displaced peoples around the world who find themselves under a strange sky. Collage by Kerfe Roig (to see her art and process on a daily basis, I highly recommend that you follow Method Two Madness, her collaborative blog), composition by me. To learn more about Mr. Savage’s interesting life, both before and after WWII, you can read his obituary in the Daily Telegraph. The text of the entire poem is below.