Just Wishing He Didn't Have To Go

November 28, 2010
By Anonymous

I hear the telephone ring
and daddy get up to answer.
I already know
I sit there wishing,
just wishing,
he didn't have to go.

He goes back to his room,
and daddy gets ready.
I already know.
I stand, hidden by the door.
Just watching.
Just wishing, he didn't have to go.

He grabs his Gun and Badge,
and daddy gives mommy a kiss.
I already know.
Still I stand, silently, with my teddy.
Just waiting.
Just wishing, he didn't have to go.

He looks at me, bends down,
and daddy says,
“Give me a hug. Don't be sad honey. I'll be back in the morning, you just wait and see.”
I'm already in his arms, holding him tight.
Just holding.
Just wishing, he didn't have to go.

He gets into his car.
And daddy drives away.
I already miss him.
I stand there at the window.
Just watching.
Just wishing, he didn't have to go.

I hear the telephone ring,
and mommy get up to answer.
It's late, I already know.
I lay there, listening,
Just wishing,
He didn't have to go.

She drops the phone,
I get up, and open up my door.
I already know.
I stand there, in the cold.
Just wishing,
he didn't have to go.
She is crying and calls me over,
and I race into her arms.
I already know.
I collapse, buried by my mommy.
Just crying.
Just wishing, he didn't have to go.

She looks at me and wipes a tear,
and mommy says,
“Give my a hug baby. Daddy won't be back in the morning.”
I already knew.
I stand, frozen, crying for my daddy.
Just wishing, just wishing,
he didn't have to go.

The author's comments:
He dad is a police officer and one of the officers that he worked with was killed in the line of duty. He was a good friend to the family and his death has really impacted my life.

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