Poetry

The Day you went away 5-8-04

The Day you went away 5-8-04

Laying in bed, I watch you as you sleep
I wonder how many of these memories I'll be able to keep
I try to capture everything about you, hoping that the morning will never come……
Your alarm sounds, and you kiss me goodbye
You say “I'll see you in a few hours,
I begin to cry
You don’t know it, because I hide it well
I drive alone to the base
I bring along some tissue, just in case
My stomach sinks as I try to be strong for you
You march out into the gym and I feel so proud
Your uniform is crisp and you are standing tall
Sitting next to me I hold your hand tight
I gaze around the gym and there are so many worried families in the crowd
We laugh and take pictures when suddenly they say “its time to go”
Our smiles fade as you hurry to gather your gear
We look at each other as the tears start to flow
Seeing you cry hurt me even more
As you pull me near, I hold you tight, I don’t want to let you go
You tell me you love me,
And that it will be ok
We will be together again soon; someday
Suddenly you are pulled away from me and rushed out the door
I stand there confused,; the wives try to comfort each other,
But my heart is still so sore
I wonder what a year without you will be like
It seems so far away,
Ill just take it day by day
As the buses drive off I slowly walk back to my car, fighting the tears.
Hoping and praying that you’ll just come home safe
I drive home as the dreary day seems to never end,
Entering the house I wonder how long til my heart will mend
I stop in the hallway and break down as I finally realize that I am alone
I relax and lay down and just listen for the phone
I just want to know that you are safe, away from harm
Even though this journey will be long,
I know we will get through this because our love is strong
Letter, phone calls, and emails help pass the time
Someday we will look back and smile,
Because this is only a chapter of our life together and we have weathered bigger storms
Just know I’ll always be here for you all of my life
For I am proud to be married to a soldier, and to be your army wife.

This is for my husband who is currently deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I hope it can bring comfort to someone!
I love you Dustin!

Jennifer Moote