Christina A. Sharik

VETERANS DAY, 1996
(For Michael)

Here’s to you, son
Though you’re so far away –
I think of you always,
But especially today.
You’re part of the millions
Who’ve gone on before
Millions of soldiers
In peace and in war –

Their spirits watch over
All soldiers like you
And comfort the mothers
of soldier-sons, too.

Some of us are gone
And some are just far –
All of us are proud
Of just who you are.

So when you feel tired
Or lonely or blue,
Remember that someone
Is thinking of you…

It won’t ever matter
The place or the day –
There’s somebody with you
Each step of the way.