For the woman.... For my mother....

On silent vigil she awaits
standing at the kitchen sink tears ruining her
make up
She remembers better days
she remembers the commitment
of motherhood
of a wife
of her husband
And now .........
She knows the cost to her
soldiers ....her's alone
Her son in Viet Nam
her husband not yet home from
the war before
And he never really is home
She expects the government car in
silent and furious anticipation
The knock on her door
and the mumbled greeting
a folded flag
She knows ....that it's too sad
that they don't ever return the
same as they
left ..........
But for now she stares at the river at
the edge of the field and
wishes ......for better days.
And when her son returns from war
she will look to his eye's first
and see her husbands eye's
and in silence wonder ..........
When will he too come home?

We have to all remember that there is more than one hero in these or the many wars before and after ........The mother , the wife in waiting .....waiting .....waiting

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

How true we all need to remember that there is more than one hero. Beautiful poem.

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sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Skillfully written. Heroes in waiting. Heroes of the returning. Heroes of the lost. Heroes of the returned lost. Leaves me speechless. A real tribute to woman and your mother.

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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I hate wate war! killing, hating, threatening; for what?

Did they really understand why they have to kill another person? Did they really can't grasped on the reason the other side attacking them in the middle of the night? For what? For what?

For making his wife almost lost her mind worrying him and his children missing him in every single breath. And then he died, got shoot right through his chest where he kept his family's picture. His friends then win the war, they said. turned him into a hero. Leaving his great name only and empty space in his room or his chair at dinner table back there in his house. This family later, living in simple life while back there, to the war zone, where his friends still guarding the land, rich man come to become more rich because there are another mines to exploit.

In the end, to whom he actually served?

Sorry father, I am attacking your comment capsule. :D

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh so very true! War is hell and affects everyone involved whether actually doing the soldiering or not. Beautiful and useful ratings. An ode to the soldiers and especially those who wait...

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Never experience that but heard of mothers, wives and other family members waiting for their men to get home for the war. That must be very stressful, not knowing if your loved one will be coming home.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

I was very moved. It is one of the most terrible things about war, the mothers waiting at home.

Poetic Fool 5 years ago

Simply great! The sacrifices of the family, especially the wife, the terrible waiting and not knowing aren't spoken of enough. My father served for 30 years and I remember well the effect on my mother during his tours in Korea and SE Asia. I developed so much love and respect for her during those years of raising 4 sons alone while worrying about her husband half-way around the world. Wonderful job, ahorseback!

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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

This is poignant. This has been playing out forever. How long will it go on and how can I stop it? You have succeeded in stirring deep emotions, as you well know, since they came from your heart.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Susan , thank you , I remember the trials of Viet Nam , my family , brother father .... If my mother was any indicater of womanhood . All women are true hero's!Thank you for sharing.....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Freya , Of course you are right ! War is no good for anyone. Although in defense it may be nessesary at times. This was very much about my own family , my father whom returned from world war two a damaged man , as was my brother too ! My mother bore the costs of the entire family in many ways. I remember her crying at any given time , suffering the worry and stress of motherhood !...We would advance our mankind a thousand times if we could eliminate war!.Thank you as always my beautiful daughter. Hugss!.....

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Poetic fool , Then you too know the costs of loving family more than life! Thank you for sharing!...:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

W D Curry , thank you , I wish I could even begin to answer your questions. But then It's a place to beginn!........:-}

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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

I love your thoughts!!!

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

So true and so very sad. Mothers and wives waiting for their ment to come home, and yes when and if they do come home are they really home, many still live in nightmares never to know a peaceful home again.

yes the women ar heros too not only while their men are away but also in caring for them through the nightmares and flashbacks.

Very well said

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

So touching and heart rending and that is a sign of a great poet.

Thank you for sharing yet another brilliant poem of yours.

What did I do before the days of Hupages I do not know!!!!

Take care my friend and have a wonderful weekend.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

As a mother, I am faced with my son making the decision to go into the military. I have to admit, it scares me to death. If he goes, he is just one in a long line of men in his family to serve. Terrific poem!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you Maggie May , we writers do share something great !....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , How did I miss your comment ! Sorry dear, Yes , there are many heroes at home and yet , they wouldn't want to be called heroes either, I think !Thanks for stopping by.....:-}

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

This was awesome ahorseback. I have been the daughter, the wife, and mother in waiting and it all feels the same..helpless and dreaming of the day they will make their way through the front door. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt hub,


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Rosemay , You are so right !We owe so much to Family! Just one more sacrifice of a woman!....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , Thank you for that , you are always so kind , And you know about being a super mom! too......:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Tpoague , You are a great mom, because ....just because you will let him decide! Thank yuo for being a hero....:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Sunnie Day , What more could we say than your hubname! You are a hero ......:-}

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

God bless our military..the lump in my throat this morning is there just thinking about them today..My daughter put on her face book..a big 31 in bold letters..until her husband comes home after a year of being gone..I think all those young wives are hero's..Take care and God bless my friend..


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

"All these young wives are heroes" Sunnie YOU are a hero!......:-}

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anglnwu 5 years ago

I can only imagine the pain of the mother in waiting. The dark side of war--the emotional strain is one of the hardest thing to bear. You painted it so beautifully.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

anglnwu, Thank you so much !....and you are so right.

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