Nancy Preston

Nancy and Richard Preston: June 2004
Nancy and Richard Preston: June 2004



IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry
Awarded: July 29, 2002
Nancy is a former US Marine and is the wife of Richard “Boondocker” Preston, himself a former US Marine and Vietnam Veteran.

THE SEASONS OF MY LIFE

In the spring of my life, I met my Marine
He was tall and strong, every girls dream.
He was a Vietnam Vet with the memories of war
But in the spring of my life all I could see,
Was the love he had for me?

In the spring of my life he asked me to marry.
I still knew not the memories he carried.
They came at night to scream and cry,
“Oh Why Oh Why did I not die”
Go away, I would cry; for I am the reason,
… he is mine now…
Quiet my love go back to sleep,
the watch is now mine to keep.

In the summer of my life our children came.
Two beautiful girls God sent to bless our lives.
Still the memories came to scream and cry.
“Lets move” my Vet would say.
We can leave them far behind,
… but still they came…
To push and crowd into our lives.
And I new the watch was still mine to keep

In the summer of my life back to back we stood
And many a battle was fought.
My Vet and I watched our children grow:
To learn the truths that we had taught.
The memories still came,
… but fainter now…
But I new the watch was still mine to keep

It’s now the fall of my life with my Vet.
35 years have come and gone since we met
Years filled with laughter and love
4 beautiful grandchildren sent from God above.

It’s the fall of my life with my Marine.
Memories still come but with them a peace.
For in these fall years he has found a release
It came through a club of brothers and sisters
For now as I stand the watch for my love.
I have company sent from God above

What will the winter of my life bring?
… Only my Lord knows these things…