Bombs stopped falling, rubble cleared

Bodies were buried and

he’d boarded his seat on the lear.

Home is where he’d land.


And there, wife and baby so dear

As duty demanded,

he’d been gone nearly a full year;

almost her whole life span.


Cherished moment, they appear

air to a drowning man

voices symphonic to his ear

force himself to patiently stand


Then I love yous, missed yous, happy tears

And he holds out his hands

saying, “Baby, come over here.”

Logically, he can understand


Why his daughter reacts with fear

He’s become a “stranger man”

so she cries and hides to stay clear

Logically, he can understand.


That doesn’t mean it didn’t break his heart.


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