Frankie Renae

Rookie (Aug 30,1988 / Nebraska)

Running Patriot For Your Heart - Poem by Frankie Renae

I saw you running twice that day
After you told me you died the first time
Fell apart when he said maybe you were
going over again
I pictured standing in library foyers
Surrounded by university posters
And your voice on the telephone
Trying to figure what we'd do then
It was an if, and I said I'd follow you
Could hardly breathe without you
If 700 miles broke me this way
Fathom playing widow while you stood in Kuwait
while you laid in Kuwait

I came to find you ran patriot for your heart
Even if you failed the guards
Took me back to unconditional love
Things I've been trying not to think of
Words written in songwriting class
Respect, Growth, all in things I thought would last
Remember when we belonged to someone
And all the races when we thought we'd won?

Wouldn't they kick me to stay cry
Sitting at the park as an ex-fiance
Among neon beads of starburst cereal and yellow butterflies
On cement steps I kissed in lives before you
Wouldn't it be foolish to cry then, my friend
When you were only gone again
Trying to figure what I'll do then
I s'pose getting over you comes more than once
Letting go of my dearest
In phases I forget I'm holding onto
It's hard pretending like this matches the best- in you


I barely realize how easy
Verses hard, it has become to ignore
Your dimensions, pretending to live altogether without them
Baby's breath means less now than ever it has
All the southern virtues I longed for stay passed
I forget your hands reached children
And sat in cars speaking of trying
To please the Lord and bring Him young disciples
My breath does less than ever
Before I push this well hidden soul aside
Learn love and find to let your eyes be your own eyes


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 11, 2008

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