Christina A. Sharik

For John

You will leave me within a day
to serve your country, far away –
This is something you must do,
you and many others, too.

I wish you did not have to go
I wish that I could tell you “No”
and yet I know I must be glad
for those few times that we have had.

And I know, too, that I must try
to never let you see me cry –
Inside my soul will slowly die
For you must say the word goodbye.

But I will smile and softly pray
that you’ll come back to me one day
And I will see you at my door
the day when fighting is no more.

And once again, you’ll hold me near
Then I will shed one happy tear.