She Married You (not the flag)

She sees the parade for you
The honor and the respect
But it only makes her cry
What could anyone expect?

She doesn't want you to die
And she doesn't want a folded flag
But you carry the cross of glory
And your soul wears a dog tag

She married you, soldier
Not the flag
She hears the sound of battle in her dreams
They're more real than movie scenes
She married you, soldier
Not the flag

She's tired of feeling proud
She just wants to be by your side
You spend your life in everyone's prayers
But she's just a lonely bride

We feel safe because they walk the wall
But the wife of a soldier waits for the call
Her man might be the hero on the news
Freedom wins but why does she have to lose?

She married you, soldier
Not the flag
She hears the sound of battle in her dreams
They're more real than movie scenes
She married you, soldier
Not the flag



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chinemeremz 4 years ago

This wonderful piece I think should be dedicated to strong and brave women who withstood lonely nights as their men fought to keep the world save.

Interesting poem, voted up


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Yes sir it is dedicated to the women who sit here waiting for the whole thing to end. It's tough on all of them. Last night I had a soldiers wife cut my hair and she told me about it... so I went home and wrote this thing up.... they got married last July and he was off overseas ten days later. She's been with him for two weeks in all this time.... Thanks for the nice comment.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

You've captured a tragedy of the generation. Of course there have always been wars and 'the boys' going off to foreign fields to fight for the country's safety. But a difference I notice now from how those previous times played out when everyone in the country arose almost in unison in support of the effort, everyone prayed in unison for the wars to END and for our boys' safe return and honored and rewarded them for their service, and tried to help their readjustment.

Now, generally, most people have come almost unconsciously to accept war as a status quo and those who go to fight them as just the country's entitlement. They are given a slight nod, at best, for their effort, but in main ways are almost punished for it and they sufer for the time lost in serving rather than preparing their own nests.

I hate war but especially the senseless waste of the most viable years of a young generations' lives. Their families' too, when their children are denied normal home life with both parents present.

Good poem, Mark. My best to the soldier's wife who cut your hair.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

oh, why am i reading all sad stuffs today?maybe it goes with my mood?


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Ah, this is like a reminder for my own poems about soldier. Sad. Beautiful but sad.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hi Nellieanna - Sorry I took so long to respond. I saw the woman tonight (she cuts hair and I hadn't been back her way in a while) who inspired this poem. I told her about it and I'm going to print it and take it to her in the next few days.

@raciniwa - Sometimes sad is inspiring and dignified. I'm the same way when I write.... I don't like to write about happy for some reason...

@Freya - Thank you. Yes it is sad. Her husband is back though in the States and he is safe....

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