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Soldiers Don't Cry When They Say Goodbye

Updated on August 11, 2010

Soldiers Don’t Cry When They Say Goodbye

Hush little baby.

                          Don’t you cry.

Mama’s gonna’ sing you a lullaby.

Hush little baby.

                          Dry your eye.

Things will be fine in the sweet bye and bye.

Soldiers don’t cry,

When they Say Goodbye.

They can look their Mamas in the eye.

They may act proud or even shy.

They may smile and even sigh.

They’ll hug and kiss while parents cry.

“I’ll be fine”, he tries to lie.

He straightens his hat and tightens his tie.

He walks away, then turns, and waves goodbye.

“Can I get you anything?” asks the Stewardess, passing by.

“Yes Ma’am, coffee please. And- some humble pie.”

The plane continues to lift its nose in the sky.

The Soldier must have gotten his Mama’s tears in his eye.

Cause everybody knows, a soldier doesn’t cry!

Mama. Oh Mama!

Don’t you cry.

I’m gonna’ sing you a lullaby.

Mama. Oh Mama!

Dry your eye.

Things will be fine in the sweet bye and bye.

by Micky Dee


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless you World-Traveler! You are so kind. I'll chase that link. Thank you!

    • World-Traveler profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I honestly wish that you would please write a book. I am quite sure it would be an international best seller as was "We Were Soldiers Once... and Young" The official web site is here at LZ X-Ray

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      We have to do our duty, right or wrong. It's survival, it's all we know, it's our country and what are the choices?

      When you're in a precarious situation you can only get out with the folks that brought you. I wish we could trust our government. The soldier is the patriot.

    • pmccray profile image


      8 years ago from Utah

      Lord have mercy. This reminds me of my son when he did a tour in Saudi Arabia. He'd call me almost every morning, which was a blessing.

      He felt that the American military were no more than glorified security guards for the prince. While the poor in the surrounding town waddled in a mire of filth.

      I'd hear what sounded like artillery fire in the background, and I'd ask if he was being fired upon and he told me he couldn't say. It broke my heart. He stated he was there to defend his country right or wrong.

      This was a child of a self proclaimed "hippie" who was raised with peace love and rock n' roll. It's all too sad. Lovey prose Micky Dee.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Cain was the first right winger. He never cared about his brother. Today factories are closed while these putrid business men take the jobs overseas to their sweat shops. Hilfiger shirts for $150. Calvin Flippin Klein $52. They are liars. They make their mony off the backs of the poor and buy their yachts and gated communities. They have gated communities for us all.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are honing your skill on these anti-war poems, Micky. Will killing and suffering ever end? I'd like to think so, but then ever since the Garden of Eden it seems that people have been willing to kill and turn their backs on people who should rather be loved and respected. What a crazy world!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You have the heart akirchner! There are many of us here on the hubs that bind together with our Golden Rule and hearts. So many here are not so "with us". Just like the world away from our computers there are many who are defeated and they turn their hearts away from caring and the truth! God bless you Dear!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Micky - I think I already have rose colored glasses on and it gets me into trouble quite frequently. Sad though all the things in the world that I feel we have so little control over!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Nikkij504gurl!

      Hey there alexandriaruthk! They don't cry. They just get their mama's tears in their eyes.

      Freya, Freya,

      From Indonesia,

      How I'd love to squeeze ya! Thank you Freya!

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Let me cry for them

      Those men who go to become the country's gem

      The display puppets for power show

      lost their life and not able to grow

      Let me cry for them

      And for their mama too!

      I am glad you survive Micky

    • alexandriaruthk profile image


      8 years ago from US

      No, I cried, hmm, I guess, they really cry, sweet,

      I saw homecoming when I watch CNN and it always touched me specially when they arrive, their mama cry.

      Hoorah to the troops,

    • Nikkij504gurl profile image

      Nikki Wicked 

      8 years ago from Louisiana


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Nellieanna! "questionable objectives" is so right. The Afghanistan war where my grand nephew is was in response to 911. People are still saying that although most of the hijackers came from Bushes home away from home- Saudi Arabia. His Saudi "relatives" were on the board of the Carlisle defense contractors about a week or so after 911. The investigation stinks.

      But real people support the troops without supporting the businessmen and businesswomen.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Micky - such a poignant tribute to our best and bravest young folks who go off to with courage and willingness to wars with questionable objectives. Your poem is great.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      akirchner, please don't cry.

      Things will be fine, in the sweet by and by.

      Put on those rose colored glasses,

      To protect those eyes!

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Makes ME want to cry! Nicely done - wish there was no such thing as war but then I'd be an old lady with rose-colored glasses. Great job, Micky!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You're Always Exploring and right on time,

      With your great wishes in beautiful rhyme.

      The wheels of war let's no more grease,

      But pray and demand a world of peace, or at least whirled peas!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A wonderful story for all to read

      how a young boy had to go fight for an unholy need

      Of politicians anger and greed

      I can,t relate to your mother,s tears

      Because my son didn,t go,too young in years

      But as a child, i watched mothers grieve

      As they put black wreathes on their door

      Telling the neighbors, their son was no more

      Still young men and women are dying today

      In another land that,s far away

      So let us hope and pray for peace

      And our love for our fellow man will greatly increase

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      MFB, my brother in arms, We never wanted wars and the harms.

      We carry the faces of the dead, in our minds.

      We Semper Fi, and leave no-one behind.

      Bobbi Rant share this with your love,

      Kiss and thank the stars above,

      Kiss and thank your hubby too,

      For being alive and there with you!

    • BobbiRant profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      I have a soft spot, as you know, in my heart for soldiers and veterans. I loved this, so sad, so accurate and so meaningful. I'm sharing this one with hubby.

    • MFB III profile image

      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      All the crying is inside....years later, a soul full of saline for what was, what is no more, and for how much we actually abhorred the deadly side of war, and yet how much we believed it was necessary at the time. We carry the faces of the dead, tattooed in our minds, it is a shouldered responsibility to any and all moral men. it was orders, we followed them to the letter, many of them printed on flesh in bulle-tins we didn't write.

      Superb hub Mickey.~~~MFB III

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Ah! My Nell Rose!

      She can't be beat!

      By any other name,

      She would be as sweet!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, what can I say? absolutely amazing, only someone who had gone through this would be able to put it into words so well, nice one, take care nell

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Oh Dim! It does stab the heart. It's the harsh reality that never ends.

      And Petra- would common sense ever prevail?

      There are no good wars. It is the war cry of the reptilian aliens that require and feed the wars. People can't possibly be doing this again and again! It is the defeated that take the words of the hawks and the greedy, that we must always have wars and rumors of wars.

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      The goodbyes of soldiers that may never come back are a heart braking reality for mothers, wives, siblings and especially children. Why should that be when it can be avoided? Would common sense ever prevail?

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Wonderful, the way you captured the moment of a terrible ´goodbye´. Oh and how like a loving son to keep his own feelings in ´check´for the sake of his mum.

      Stabbing my heart again Micky. Take care x

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey Polly. I remember the day I left my mom and got on the jet to California. My mother was all in tears. I had to smile. I had to walk away. I had to hold my head up. Then there was a long plane ride.

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      8 years ago from US

      Very beautiful, speechless, that is all I can say, it may have been my own words I understand them so well.


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I read and remember when I had to leave,

      My parents who's turn it was to grieve.

      I look at your comments that I need to approve,

      And they all bring peace and cause me to move,

      Closer to each heart and soul.

      Give me a day that we all can behold,

      To love each other like sister and brother,

      And God bless each father and mother!

      Thank you katiem, saddlerider, Coolmon, Sa`ge, and valerie!

    • valeriebelew profile image


      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Loved it, Micky Dee. (:v

    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      First to last I read

      Time stopped on my window sill

      Depth of heart soul touched!

      ~aloha nui loa~ thumbs across the board!

    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Wow this is great! I enjoyed reading your article :)

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago

      What a wonderful poem for all brave soldiers who say goodbye and return on the sweet bye and bye. Peace bro

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Hea D, What a great tribut to the brave soldiers who do so much and never complain. This is one chick who's grateful for all the brave men of this country and all others defending their homes and loved ones! :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you msorensson. I love you Dear!

      Thank you Tom. God bless!

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      Tom Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      This is wonderful!

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      Beautiful, Micky :-)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Brother Ralwus!

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      8 years ago

      Brilliant Micky.


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