Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference asked others to contribute a poem to commemorate 100 Thousand Poets for change, which officially occurs on Sept. 29th. It's a world-wide gathering of poets for social, environmental and political change. My poem comes from both loss of loved ones to war and pride in those who fought (fight) for us. It is with mixed feelings that I write.
Whose mother cries for them, what wife sighs for them?
Now, offer prayers to the children who yearn for them.
And what of the soldiers who think of their homes;
they sigh as they dream, through the memories roam.
Peaceful for those times they’re able to rest
before going on duty, and put to the test.
They feel warmth and kinship for family afar
keep photos in pockets, sugar in a jar.
And at home, the mothers, and children and wives,
are working so hard to carry on with their lives.
They're keeping the futures wrapped close for the making
for one day when finally war memories are fading.