Wartime Seranade

October 11, 2009
Your laughter lights so softly on my ears,
Sunshine shows your chuckle and wrinkled nose.
That warming sun fades as shadow grows,
I struggle harder to suppress my fears.
Your number’s called, can I withhold my tears?
Don’t they know you’re not a man, still just a teen?
It looms closer, a sinister synchronized machine,
As your laughter turns to clicks of cogs and gears.
That day—oh cursed day—arrives.
You, so neatly pressed, ironed, and refined,
Board the ship after just one last kiss goodbye.
You, sweet boy, shouldn’t play with matches, even knives,
Let alone the bullets or the mines.
You’ll live on in me forever, love, lest you should die.

The boats puff and snort like herds of steers,
Aircraft darkly hover like black crows.
In your letters, longing for home shows.
How I wish that you were near.
This city is a ghost town without you here.
I play your records, trying to live a vinyl dream.
The loneliness without you rips me open like a seam,
But pain keeps your memory close and ever-clear.
Come dance with me in dappled moonlight.
Wear your clothes, not sharpened uniform.
Until you’re back, I can only yearn
For that sweet smile I dream of every night.
Stay safe, and I shall do as I swore:
To wait for you, love, until you return.

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Alabian said...
Sept. 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm
This is so beautiful, I wanted to cry while reading it! I can relate to this because my cousin is going into the Navy :(( So beautiful. So, so gorgeous. You have great feeilng. 5/5 stars.
Eleana said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm
your poem filled me with emotions.....and i felt n feel just the same.......you are very talented
Rox18 said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm
i like the imagery on this one good job :]
kandace said...
Jun. 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm
wow! amazing work maybe you can look at mine and rate and if u think you can maybe give me some pointers i know my poems need a lot of work
faakee said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm
awesome this is super duper cool
scarletP said...
Jan. 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm
i always find it fascinating how you can capture something you were never a part of ...good job.
dreamer_believer said...
Oct. 19, 2009 at 8:29 pm
this is very great! :) wow, for never living in the WWII era, you did a great job painting a beautiful picture in my mind and writing with such emotion :) i loved it! such a tender poem...5 stars :) check out some of my newest work if you could, i would love to hear what you think
Lixxy_93 said...
Oct. 18, 2009 at 2:14 am
beautiful, it is obvious how much you love and miss this boy, if it is written after a real person fighting over seas i hope he did/will return home safely to you that loves him so much
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