Faye Sizemore

I REMAIN…

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: June 30, 2004
Awarded: June 30, 2004
No… I have not walked in your shoes…
that I’ve not been to war is true
You have shown me war through your eyes…
a secondhand sight… I do realize
I have been told some of the battle tales
and heard with my heart… the wounded’s wails
I know war is a path that winds… and winds
… forever in your mind
You have shown me your scars…
and I… touching them
felt under my fingertips… unbearable pain…
still I chose to remain
I have heard of your friends’ last hours…
how things were beyond your powers
I know of your cares
and I know of your nightmares
I know of your fears…
how they have haunted you so many years
I was not with you there… but for you… I am always here
Yes… I am the protected… yet sometimes rejected…
but eternally grateful…
always your supporter… sleeping or wakeful
… and forever so… through sun and shadow…
loss or gain… count on me… for I will remain…