Gavin M. Campbell

LASTING THOUGHTS

Our love was to be forever
Knowing not another’s lust
One night that all changed
For me you had no trust

Nothing to live for anymore
I decide to go on the lam
Nowhere to turn nothing to do
Until a call from Uncle Sam

Trained to march and kill
They sent me to foreign lands
I know it’s because of you
I am here in the desert sands

If only I had been true
My clothes would not be dirty
One day forgiveness I’ll earn
But tonight I patrol at 11:30

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I loved you from early on
I felt you could do no wrong
This year we will be apart
Our love will grow strong

The Army said it was a deal
Birth has an expensive fee
The birth was now their bill
We are an Army family of three

After my war is over
I’ll return to stay
I can hardly wait
Until we are at that day

At sixteen we meet at school
At seventeen I took your hand
At twenty we had our baby boy
At 11:30 I see us in another land

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I knew the love of plenty
One girl was not my style
There was the DNA to test
Then a lengthy civil trial

No way to pay the support
The Army called and told me
It was time to become a man
“Be all that you can be!”

Rank came as easy as girls
Now a team is what I lead
Through fury and hell I know
These boys’ lives is my deed

One last patrol tonight while
The days are long and hot
Thirty more minutes to go
At midnight, we hit the cot

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I received a degree in four
No way to pay the bill
The Army said to report
Now I write for a thrill

Days spent on the phone
Complaining to my wife
I wish I had not chose
To partake in this life

The time will come
That I must go snoop
A report must be written
Whenever I get the scoop

My headline will hit
Like a sac of lead
For those that loved them
“Ambush at 11:31pm, 3 dead.”