Poetry

A SOLDIERS PRAYER

I am a proud wife of a soldier currently serving in Iraq. I wrote this poem in honor of him. He is the inspiration in all that I do.


A SOLDIERS PRAYER
BY: AMANDA LM HULL

THEY RETURN HOME BUT THEY KNOW THAT SOON IT WILL BE TIME TO GO AGAIN. TO HEAD DOWN THIS PATH, A JOURNEY ALREADY TO WELL KNOWN. TOO MANY HAVE TAKEN THIS ROAD, THEIR FATE LEFT UNKNOWN.

THE PATH LINED WITH MANY A SOLDIERS BOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND. DANGER CAN BE SEEN IN EVERY TURN, DEATH WAITING AROUND EACH AND EVERY BEND.

NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT HURTS OR HOW THEY LONG TO STAY WITH THEIR WIFE, THEIR CHILDREN, THE NEW BABY ON THE WAY, THEY HAVE TO FIND THE COURAGE TO TURN AND WALK AWAY. THE LAST SOUNDS THAT THEY MAY EVER HEAR ARE THE SOUNDS OF A WIFES HEART BREAKING AS SHE BURSTS INTO TEAR, THEIR CHILDREN SCREAMING ,"PLEASE DON'T TAKE MY DADDY AWAY!".

HE WILL TURN AND WITH ALL HIS MIGHT, FIGHT BACK THE PAIN THAT SWELLS INSIDE. HE WILL YELL OUT HIS LOVE AND TELL HIS CHILDREN "DON'T WORRY, IT WILL BE OKAY, DADDY IS COMING HOME  TO YOU SOMEDAY!"

HE TURNS AND BOARDS THE PLANE AND HE PRAYS, " PLEASE GOD LET ME LIVE TO SEE THEM AGAIN ONE DAY, WHATEVER YOU SAY I WILL GLADLY DO, JUST DON'T LET MY CHILDRENS MEMORY OF ME END THIS WAY. FOR I AM NOT A HERO BUT A SIMPLE MAN. IT IS YOU AND THE LOVE OF MY FAMILY THAT GIVES ME THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON EACH DAY. WHEN IT IS MY TIME I WILL GLADLY GO, JUST LET ME SEE MY WIFE, MY CHILDREN  AGAIN SOME DAY?".

BOOTS ON FOREIGN SOIL AND TIME GOES BY. GOD HAS TREATED HIM KIND, GUIDING HIM AS HE WALKED AT HIS SIDE. FAR TOO MANY CLOSE CALLS HAVE COME AND GONE. HIS FAMILIES LOVE IS STILL THERE TO KEEP HIM STRONG. BUT TODAY ONE MORE MISSION, HIS ORDERS HE MUST OBEY. SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT, HE HAS NEVER FELT THIS WAY. IN JUST A MOMENT HE SEES HIS LIFE. HE, A GOOD MAN, HAS LIVED IN A RESPECTFUL WAY. AND LOOKING BACK HE NOW SEES THAT ALL HE EVER WANTED WAS FOR HIS CHILDREN TO BE PROUD OF THE MAN THAT HE HAD GROWN TO BE.

THIS MISSION MORE DANGEROUS THAN BEFORE, HIS HOPES SEEM TO VANISH, TO EXIST NO MORE. AND SO ONE MORE TIME HE PRAYS. " DEAR GOD, I WAS SENT TO FIGHT THIS WAR. I WANTED TO HELP THE INNOCENT WHO HAD STRENGTH LEFT TO FIGHT NO MORE. HELL I HAVE ALREADY SEEN, SO OF DEATH I AM NOT AFRAID.PLEASE HEAR  ME OUT FOR THIS PRAYER IS NOT FOR ME TODAY. MY SOLDIERS THEY ARE SO VERY YOUNG. THE HATRED IN THIS WORLD FOR THEM I HAVE TRIED TO SPARE. THIS DAY IS DIFFERENT I CAN FEEL IT DOWN SO VERY DEEP  WITHIN MY SOUL. GOD NOW IT IS YOUR TIME TO GUIDE THEM. I FEAR I HAVE DONE ALL THAT I CAN DO. NOW THEIR LIVES ARE WITH YOU. I HAVE LIVED MY LIFE BY YOUR WAY BUT I HAVE ONE MORE PRAYER FOR YOU TODAY. MY SOLDIERS THEY ARE SO YOUNG. DEAR GOD, I HAVE A SON NEARLY THEIR AGE. ONLY A BOY NOT YET GROWN TO BE A MAN. THEY HAVE NEVER KNOWN LOVE OR  FELT THE COMFORT OF A WIFE, THEY HAVE  NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO STARE INTO THEIR NEWBORN BABY'S EYES. ALL THESE THINGS I HAVE HAD. EVERY DAY I CHERISHED THEM AND BY YOU I
WAS BLESSED IN EVERY GRACIOUS WAY. TODAY IF IT IS TIME FOR ONE OF US TO GO, THEN IF YOU SEE FIT ,CHOOSE TO TAKE ME AWAY. TO SPARE MY YOUNG SOLDIERS , I GLADLY GIVE MY LIFE. GOD ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF MY CHILDREN AND MY WIFE. SHE KNEW MY DUTY, THAT THIS IS HOW IT HAD TO BE. ALTHOUGH SHE WILL ALWAYS WONDER JUST WHY IT HAD TO BE ME. MY CHILDREN TOO YOUNG TO TRULY SEE WHY I FIGHT TO KEEP AMERICA FREE. HELP GUIDE THEM , SOMEDAY I HOPE THAT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND WHY I HAD TO LEAVE TO FIGHT IN THIS FOREIGN LAND. LET THEM KNOW THAT I LOVED THEM SO AND THAT I WILL WATCH OVER THEM FROM ABOVE , THAT TODAY I GAVE MY LIFE OUT OF LOVE.I DID IT FOR THEM, TO GIVE THEM A BETTER LIFE. SO THAT MY CHILDREN MAY NEVER KNOW A SOLDIERS STRIFE.TELL MY WIFE I LOVED HER SO, MORE THAN SHE WILL EVER KNOW. I STAYED TRUE UNTIL THE END, THE PROMISES I MADE I DID KEEP. SMILE AND REMEMBER ME, FOR MY LOSE PLEASE DON'T WEEP. LET HER KNOW THAT I  AM WITH HER EACH AND EVERY DAY WAITING FOR HER AS SHE DID FOR
ME UNTIL ALWAYS AND FOREVER TOGETHER AGAIN WE CAN BE."