Joseph Anderson

Dear John, Dear Joe

This was written while I was a member of the
U.S. Air Forces, in 1944- a totally true tale.

My departure for the Air Force,
Bade me leave my girlfriend, Ann.
Our romance was on even keel,
But devoid a future plan.

Love letters came to camp each day,
Lending courage to go on.
Then, nothing for a while, until
There was one addressed, 'Dear John'.

''Dear John', Bill has returned to me,
From his duties, overseas.
We are resuming our affair,
So, forget about me, please'.

I showed my chaplain this sad note
And said to him 'I grieve'.
They checked my records, which were good,
And my C.O. gave me leave.

Back home I called at Annie's house,
Met her mother, at the door;
She said'they're getting married soon,
Don't come knocking any more'.

The stars of Heaven guided me,
Sending comfort, from above,
As I watched the dying embers
Of this unrequited love.

Then, I bought myself a Harley
And had Texas in my sight,
For my leave was nearly over-
Had to be there Sunday night.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 9, 2010

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  • Walterrean Salley (7/26/2012 8:22:00 PM)

    What a heartfelt piece. After many years… very sentimental. Also very sad. Hope that, eventually, somehow, you were able to get over it. A sore tale “well told.”

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  • Juan OlivarezJuan Olivarez (11/15/2010 7:09:00 PM)

    You have put voice to what many men choose to hide and run away from, excellent poetry.


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  • G Sweeney (11/7/2010 11:30:00 AM)

    sad but lovely gayle sweeney

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