Nancy L. Meek

BEFORE YOU GO

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: February 5, 2004
Awarded: February 5, 2004
‘Tis only a matter of time
‘til you meet your bros again;
leaving life’s bitter rhyme
to those who must remain.

The love you carry inside
will sustain you ‘til the end
‘til palm and palm collide
with no more wars to tend.

You’ll leave us and not look back
at the cares shackling us still
for Heaven would be slack
if that was ne’er God’s will.

We’ll drop a tear… or maybe two
because we loved you so
and wish that we had told you
before you turned to go.

We’ll miss you in this space
but wish for you God speed
for Heaven is a better place
if ever there was need.