A Soldier’s Wife

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She feels the tips of his fingers slipping away
And savors his sight as he leaves
A pang of sorrow grips her heart
But she has to encounter the grief
Patience and belief are now a part of her life
She is, after all, a soldier’s wife

As she goes about the days
A month has passed
She recalls when she felt him and heard him last
“I love you”, he said and embraced her tight
Then he set out to fulfill the nation’s right
It is this security that she longs to bribe
She is, after all, a soldier’s wife

The trees change shades and the weather changes form
365 days have passed all along
As she looks in the mirror her hair has grown long
He used to play with them and sing merry songs
The fear has drained away and the worry has worn
She knows he may never come back how worst can it be
She would spend her life smiling with pride
She was, after all, a soldier’s wife

The doorbell rings and she stirs awake
She has stopped counting days and lives for God’s sake
Something in her heart makes her guilty of hope
She waives it off and runs to get the door
The sight on the other side strikes her dumb
He touches her hand but they have gone numb
She treats him like a dream which has gone extreme
She thinks this is so and tries to move away
He brings her closer and she hears him breathe
For a moment she dares to think he is real
It is then his voice which brings her back to life
She is, after all, a soldier’s wife

-IR

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