Nancy L. Meek


IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: October 7, 2003
Awarded: October 7, 2003
By the time you read this letter,
I’ll be far away from you
I had no choice you see,
It was what I had to do.

I want you to know I love you
Even more than life itself
And it tears my heart in two
To leave you by yourself.

But I am a soldier, regardless
And I will stand to fight the foe
So, please don’t think me heartless
For telling them I would go.

It’s just that our nation needs me
To defeat the wrongs of men
Fighting for peace will feed me
Till I taste your kisses again.

So, keep the home fires burning
And whisper a prayer or two
Till you see my ship returning
And I lock my eyes on you.

Then wave to me, my sweet,
Wearing that smile of yours
Which makes my world complete
And brings me home from wars.