Sunday, May 30, 2010

For Our Troops



For Our Troops

FOR OUR TROOPS (both past and present, but particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan at present)

Though I don't know your name
And I have never seen your face
I shed tears for you.

Though my memories don't contain a time
We shared together
I miss you.

Though we are not related
You are in my thoughts.

When I'm eating, or taking a shower, or doing housework,
I think of you, knowing how much you wish you could be at home,
Your stomach full, doing mundane chores such as cleaning your house,
Clean from a fresh shower.

Though you are at terrible risk, and perhaps may not survive,
You are NEVER ALONE, and will always be alive
If only in our spirits, hopes and memories, our dreams for your future.

There are MILLIONS of people praying for you tonight
And throughout the day.

Praying for your safely and return as a whole person
In mind, body and spirit.

We are crying because we know. We know you are scared, and lonely.
And that you'd give anything to see your family, to hug you mother, father.
Your child, sister, brother, aunt, uncle.

To be showered with love and comfort,
Instead of sand and shrapnel.

We long for you too, with an ache so desperate as to make us insane.
To touch your face, see your smile; share your laughter and your tears.

We love you so much soldiers, you cannot know. You cannot fathom the swelling of pride in our chest as we think of you.
Of your courage and your sacrifice, the hope that you can come home soon.

And those that have returned, we have not forgotten you; you are in our prayers,
That you may recover from your experience and be healed.

No matter what anyone says, not matter the reason you are there,
You are a UNITED STATES SOLDIER, and you make us PROUD!!
Every day for that beautiful flag, for our great fortune to be Americans.

There are no politics, no scandals, no mistakes, NOTHING, which can diminish the sentiment we have for you.
And even as democracy permits free speech, as it should, which some may use to make judgments or cast aspersions,
Remember always, we know you'd rather be on the couch debating it with us than spending your days trying just to stay alive.

Let no "freedom of speech' EVER make you doubt the American people's faith in and love for you.
We are PROUD!

I've never met you, but I want you to know that I love you.
I'm praying for you.
I honor you.
I'm waiting for your return.

On this Memorial Day, 2010, and every day,
Please know that you are being though of.
WE MISS YOU.
GOD BLESS YOU and keep you until the day we can celebrate face to face.

© 2007 Brooke O'Neill Emery

3 comments:

Brooke said...

It is with tremendous pride and honor that my poem of gratitude to those who are stationed abroad is anywhere online so that it might be seen by any soldier who may feel lost or forgotten, or even by those American citizens who take their own freedom for granted. My tears are flowing right now as I anticipate another Memorial Day tomorrow and know that there are more who have fallen, been broken and that all of you are not back home yet. PLEASE KNOW that YOU ARE LOVED AND THOUGHT OF TODAY AND EVERY DAY! May the Grace of God be upon this country and her brave soldiers and that we and other freedom loving countries can somehow resolve this terrible problem of an insane enemy of civilization, who believes in death more than life. Until then, our prayers are with each of you and your families.

Brooke said...

It is with tremendous pride and honor that my poem of gratitude to those who are stationed abroad is anywhere online so that it might be seen by any soldier who may feel lost or forgotten, or even by those American citizens who take their own freedom for granted. My tears are flowing right now as I anticipate another Memorial Day tomorrow and know that there are more who have fallen, been broken and that all of you are not back home yet. PLEASE KNOW that YOU ARE LOVED AND THOUGHT OF TODAY AND EVERY DAY! May the Grace of God be upon this country and her brave soldiers and that we and other freedom loving countries can somehow resolve this terrible problem of an insane enemy of civilization, who believes in death more than life. Until then, our prayers are with each of you and your families.

Dottie San Martin said...

Brooke,

Thank you so much for this awesome poem. You have captured the feelings of many people.