Seeking more info on this WW2 poem 'The G I Home Front' by Russel Kay

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Seeking more info on this WW2 poem 'The G I Home Front' by Russel Kay

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I'm trying to find the (missing) part 2 of this wartime "poem" - The G I Home Front", by Russel Kay. If a cover with the words on it turns up, too, great.

These two covers shown above are part of a very small collection of WW2 US Patriotic covers that I've been putting together recently. I haven't been able to find anything on Google, apart from images of covers with these parts 1 and 3.

Anyone able to help, please?

Cheers, Gordon.
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Re: "The G I Home Front" by Russel Kay

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THE G. I. HOME FRONT

by Russell Kay On reading “G. I. this and G. I. uhat” in our May issue, Russell Kay of Florida was inspired to reverse his thinking and write his impression of the home front The poem printed below was the result.

If you were home, my G. I. friend,
You’d find your problem wouldn’t end;
For while we home folks aren’t G. I.,
We have a tough time getting by.
Instead of Brass Hats and M. P’s,
We have the Bureaucrats to please.
They regulate our daily lives,
Protect our children, guard our wives
Run our business, grow our crops,
And set the price on lolly-pops.

If we, by chance, would go-a-fishin’
We first must ask some guy’s permission.
We have no trouble getting booze,
But must have coupons for our shoes.
We’re told to check the ceiling price
On everything from nuts to rice.
We stand in line and wait our turn,
To buy a mop or coffee urn.
While jobs are plentiful today,
To get one you’re obliged to pay.
Initiation fees each time,
Or else fight through a picket line.

If you protest and ask “How come?”
They term you a “subversive bum.”
And so you see, my G. I. friend.
You’re not so bad off, in the end;
But since I’ve given you the dope,
When you come home I surely hope,
You’ll like the G. I. Home Front less,
And straighten out the whole blamed mess.' (From Gilcrafter
https://virginiachronicle.com/?a=d&d=HR19441027.2.60&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN--------
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Many thanks for that!

Now I'll just keep an eye out for the "missing" #2 cover.

Cheers, Gordon
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