Poetry

CIVILIAN WOMEN

CIVILIAN WOMEN

THOSE CIVILIAN WOMEN WHO,
LOOK DOWN AT ME AND SAY,
"YOU KNEW IT WHEN YOU MARRIED HIM,
THAT HE WOULD GO AWAY."
DOES THIS GIVE ME COMFORT,
OR HELP TO EASE MY PAIN?
OF COURSE IT DOESN'T HELP ME OUT,
I ONLY FEEL THE SAME.
SO I TURN TO OTHER NAVY WIVES,
FOR THE COMFORT THAT I SEEK.
FOR I KNOW THEY UNDERSTAND,
A LONELY MONTH OR A WEEK.
US NAVY WIVES MARRIED,
OUR MEN OF THE SEA,
AND WE DID IT ALL FOR LOVE,
NOT TO BE LONELY.

CIVILIAN WOMEN SAY,
"YOU ARE SO LUCKY TO BE,
MARRIED TO A MAN,
WHO IS MARRIED TO THE SEA."
"FOR YOU PAY NO RENT,
WHEN YOU LIVE ON A BASE."
THAT IS WHEN I HAVE TO,
LOOK THEM IN THE FACE.
I TELL THEM IT'S NOT LUCK,
IT IS MY COMPENSATION,
FOR LOVING A MAN,
WITH HIS OCCUPATION.

CIVILIAN WOMEN SAY,
"YOUR LUCKY TO HAVE THE COMMISSARY."
BUT EVERY TIME I GO TO SHOP,
IT MAKES ME SO WEARY.
IT TAKES TEN MINUTES TO,
FIND A PLACE TO PARK.
"IT'S SUCH A LONG WALK!"
MY YOUNG CHILDREN BARK.
BUT WE MAKE IT TO THE DOOR,
ONLY TO SEE,
THE PERSON SITTING AT THE DESK,
CHECKING FOR ID'S.

CIVILIAN WOMEN SAY,
"YOU PAY NO TAXES FOR YOUR THINGS."
BUT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND,
WHAT A HARDSHIP THIS BRINGS.
THE SEPARATION AND LONELINESS,
THAT US NAVY WIVES ENDURE,
TO GET THOSE THINGS CHEAPER,
THAN IN A REGULAR STORE.
OUR HUSBAND'S PAY CHECKS ARE,
MINIMAL TO SAY THE LEAST,
AND AS ACCOUNTANTS FOR OUR FAMILIES,
IT MUST LAST TWO WEEKS.

CIVILIAN WOMEN SAY,
"YOUR SO LUCKY TO GET A BREAK,
FROM THAT MAN YOU MARRIED."
OH, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!
DON'T THEY SEE THAT,
WHEN HIM AND I ARE PARTED,
I SIT FOR WEEKS OR MONTHS,
BEING BROKEN HEARTED.
AND HE IS MISSING ME,
AS MUCH AS I AM MISSING HIM.
AS WE BOTH WAIT PATIENTLY,
FOR HIS SHIP TO COME IN.

SO WHEN I COME ACROSS,
ONE OF THOSE CIVILIAN WOMEN,
WHO THINK I AM SO LUCKY,
TO BE IN THE POSITION I AM IN,
I JUST THINK TO MYSELF,
HOW LUCKY I AM,
TO HAVE THE LOVE OF A SAILOR,
THAT SEA GOING MAN.
FOR WHEN THE SHIPS,
PULL INTO THEIR PIERS,
ALL US NAVY WIVES,
STAND PROUD WITH OUR TEARS.
OUR TEARS OF JOY,
AND THE FEELINGS WE HAVE,
FOR OUR WORN OUT SAILOR,
OUR SEA GOING MAN.



copyright 1999,
Michelle L. Dillman [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] written:
7/26/99