norman hale

Rookie - 20 Points (2/18/1963 / ohio)

A Soldiers Wife


As she sits there on the edge of the bed
Holding onto sweet memories, going through her head
She has their babies asleep in the next room
But remembers back when they was just bride and groom

She takes the kids to visit his mother
Together they hold hands and pray for a son and a lover
It's been too long now since he first left
For his tour of duty at his counties request

She talks with others who have loved ones over there
Helping to support each other with loving care
Sometimes she breaks down when the kids ask 'when is dad coming home? '
She wishes she had an answer for each time she's alone

She cleans the house and pays those bills
And has her moments when all time stands still
With the love in her heart for just one man
She can't help but cry as she looks at her band

She prays someday he'll come home safe from harm
And once again she'll snuggle up in his arms
She speaks to God about her plans and wishes
As she stands and cries while doing dishes

She's trying to hold it together the best that she can
Doing all she can do for the love of just one man
Her babies are quiet, for they are sound asleep
So then she lays down, then she begins to weep

She don't know it, but he'll soon be home
Just a matter of days now and she won't be alone
They will try and make up for time that was lost
And she'll be so thankfull he didn't pay the cost

We all should be thankful for those served and those that gave
And honor them with pride, for being so brave
Though their feelings may not always show
They've been through a hell that we may never know

wrote 7/17/2008 by Norman Hale Jr.

dedicated to those that served as well as their families THANK YOU

Submitted: Thursday, July 17, 2008
Edited: Sunday, February 06, 2011

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  • Rookie Shannon Ward (5/27/2009 9:06:00 PM)

    I thought this was beautiful, i am a soldiers wife an i loved your poem, its hard for them being away but also its hard on us to and sometimes we get over looked, thank you so much for writing this about us. THIS IS TO MICHAEL PRUCNICKI with the rude comment, our men chose to do what they do and we stand by them 100 %. Dont come on here leaving rude comments when obviously you have no common sense of the military life because if u did you wouldnt have said any of that bs. I hate the fact my husband is gone we have 2 little girls but the fact is he loves what he does and he does it to protect his country. In this life you live and you die you dont no when or where but i am sure if you asked more than likely 99% of our soldiers would want to die fighting for something then at home from cancer or some other crazy disease. anyways Thanks for the poem it touched the heart, some idiots just dont get it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (7/17/2008 6:19:00 PM)

    Has it never crossed your mind, my dear Norman, as well as others who take that line that soldiers about to go into combat should have wives and children dependent on them? They may well perish on the battlefield, and all you have to offer is a shabby and frail thanks to the families? The real world is brutal and more to the point, but you who live in a more distant realm do not realize that war requires sacrifice from all the citizens involved! Better single MEN without families fight and die than fathers and mothers die, Wake up and smell the napalm! (Report) Reply

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