nikki hays

Rookie (30th October 1971 / croydon, victoria, Australia)

The Tears - Poem by nikki hays

Eyes glassed over like a frozen lake
Trembling, sweaty hands grasping firmly
The tender touch of his loves embrace
The fear welled up in his eyes like a tidal wave

He loved her yet must let her go
He knew what was about to come
But as he looked into her eyes
His words could not be spoken

she pleaded with him to tell her
What was on his mind that day
But he turned his head and bowed it
He couldnt look her in the face

The draft was up his name was called
And all he could think about was her
What would she do, where would she go
They were to be married and now it barely seemed possible

He tried to tell her but the words they stuck
Deep in the back of his throat
She wept with him but she knew not why
All she knew was he was letting go

There was a ticket tape parade that day
The civilians lined the streets
To watch the soldiers young and old
Marching in straight lines on their way to war

She was there, still teary eyed
Then a gasp from her was heard
The world went black that moment
When she woke there was the doctor with her

Her lover gone and her heart torn apart
She lay on the doctors cold bed
He did the tests and theyd now returned
With child were the words she heard

Two years later he returned from his war
And alone she stood on the step
Then to her side a toddler came
And into his arms she was swept

The tears came again but this time it was joy
As her father walked her down the aisle
Her gown of ivory trailing behind
And her husband forever now at her side

Comments about The Tears by nikki hays

  • Brian Dorn (5/10/2006 10:18:00 AM)

    Nikki, as I was reading, I was expecting the worst (based on the title) , but you managed to spin those somber tears into tears of joy... wonderful ending!
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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