Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Goodbye

This post has been delayed in order to comply with OPSEC...


It isn’t the first time she’s said goodbye, it won’t be the last.
It isn’t the first time she’s been alone, but it will be the longest so far.
The prior week was filled with “I love you’s” “Don’t go’s” and “Take me with you’s”
Today it was just “I love you, be safe, and I’ll see you soon.”

As he boarded that bus, that terrible-wonderful white bus, he waved one last goodbye.
He has left before, but never to war. God please keep him safe.
The tears slipped down her cheek as she turned back to her car.
She pulled into the driveway and walked through the front door.

Their home would now be her home. Their bed, hers alone.
She prays for comfort and guidance to navigate the months ahead,
She knows there’s no way she can do this without God, family, and friends.
Sitting down on the couch, tears and soft sobs come and go.

Where will he sleep? What will he eat? Will the locals treat him well?
Will there be a Chaplain there constantly praying for God’s protection all around?
Will I sleep? Is constantly cooking for one hard? Will my friends actually care?
Will I trust that God is on my side or constantly forget that he is there?

When the time is right, she picks herself up.
Opening all the blinds, letting the sunlight in,
She utters a wavering whisper- “I can do this,”
And the countdown to her lovers return begins.

These words are original, they are mine alone. PLEASE do not STEAL this, I wrote it the day my husband left. If you happen to see it floating around the internet with no credit/link back to my blog, let me know. I'd do the same for you.

Goodbye my love... I'll see you soon.


  1. A beautiful poem. I hope this time flies for you both. Lots of hugs!

  2. Praying for both of you ad that this deployment flies by! Loved your poem.

  3. beautiful poem! keeping you in my thoughts! HUGS!

  4. I just want to give you a big hug! I'll be praying for you two, as you begin this deployment journey. Beautiful poem, thanks for sharing!

  5. I am sitting here just sobbing for you. What a beautiful, beautiful poem! I will be praying for the two of you during this deployment..I hope it goes by quickly!

  6. Aw hun that is beautiful. You made me get teared up here at work. I am keeping you and your husband in my prayers. I hope this deployment flies by... and if you need anything please feel free to let me know. I am far away, but even if you just need to vent I can listen!

  7. Love that poem. I know you've been separated before (but never by deployment), so let me say this. It's the first days and weeks that are the hardest. I barely left my house the first few weeks. It's normal to be extremely upset and worried. And the holidays alone are never fun. It will get a little easier...and hopefully you'll get into a routine and time will start to go by a little quicker. Hang in there, girlie.

  8. That poem made me cry--what beautiful words!!

    Don't worry, we are here for you! If you need anything, I'm just across the island :)
    Hugs honey, he'll be back in no time!

  9. Aw, you're making me cry! We love you two so much and pray for you both daily - your poem is BEAUTIFUL, and I hope we'll get to see you and hug you soon!

  10. Bah humbug. Deployments are the worst. :-(

    This poem is beautiful! It captures deployment day to a T. Stay strong, you WILL get through this... even if it feels like a lifetime away! Keep busy busy busy!!! Email me if you ever need to talk/vent!

  11. Found you because you left a comment on my blog! I was interested to see if you were at MCBH??

    Reason being I'm moving there in February! My hubby deployed a bit ago and am kind of flying by the seat of my pants moving out there while he is gone.

    I love AZ too, except UA and Tucson :-) what a small world we live in!

  12. I'm getting caught up on blogs since R&R ended so I'm just seeing this. I'm so sorry. This made me so sad for you. I hope the whole thing flies. Lots of hugs.


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