Pamela Gayle Smith

Pam is from SW Indiana. She has not served in the military, but has had relatives in service for America since the Civil War (both sides). Her nephew was in Saudi; her brother, husband, uncle and cousins were in Vietnam; her Dad is a World War 2 Veteran; both her grandfathers served in World War 1; she had a great-grandfather who served in Cuba and two great-great-grandfathers who fought in the Civil War.

Pam is a contributing poet in various publications, including:

  • When I Was a Child: Bandal Book
  • Serenade to a Stinkweed: Bandal Books
  • Let Us Not Forget: iUniverse
  • Crumbs in the Keyboard: Echelon Press
  • Portals: Poetwork Press

16 MINUTES FROM HOME
(In Memory of the Seven)

In 16 minutes we’d be home again,
in 16 minutes we’d be on American soil,
in 16 minutes we’d be united with family,
in 16 minutes we’d be done with the toil.

In a moment we knew we were in trouble,
in a moment we knew we were going away,
in a moment we knew we must say good-bye,
in a moment we knew it was time to pray.

In a second we felt the love of God,
in a second we felt the wind of His wings,
in a second we felt the call to come home,
in a second we felt the joy He brings.

In an instant we were set free,
in an instant we were granted release,
in an instant we were in God’s arms,
in an instant we were at perfect peace.

Submitted for the March 2003 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “The Columbia Tribute