They Heard The Call

They Heard The Call
By Pauline Harris

They heard the call
As we were at war
Hopped on trains
Stopped at the Canteen 
For a nibble and dance
Drank some coffee
Signed up to fight
A uniform issued
And dogtags given
Caught a train to train
Then off to war
Focused on mission
Freedom for all
Justice served
Peace to come
But first a war 
To be fought and won
Most of us here 
Are late teenagers
A few younger
Snuck inside
All to fight
For our rights
Freedoms
And a voice
To vote
And so our path
Is shown
Drops made
Trenches dug
Food rationed
Struggles made real
Casualties discovered 
Not all who join
Will return home
Sadness may linger
But brave souls
Continue to enlist
And others support 
Those who join
To become
United in mission
As freedoms won
Victory complete 
When voices vote
For unending peace

being a military brat

Your dad is off

training somewhere

for something

when you are born

 

the earth shakes

not even a month

after your arrival

here on earth

 

you take your first

plane trip

before you can walk

or talk

 

you move lots of times

not knowing if

you will have friends

or a place to live

 

you attend schools

in a foreign land

learn to speak

differently

learn to eat

differently

learn to dress

differently

 

Oh when you do

come back to the states

you are treated diffently

you are different

and yet somehow

the same

 

Overseas you are

ridiculed for being

one thing

many times threatened

for being you

 

And yet when

you return

you are ridiculed

and talked down to

and threatened

 

Some in authority

take more

they say

you are supposed

to learn this

and I will teach

you and you

will not speak of it

or someone will die

 

Others teach you

there is joy

in life

Much, much Joy

and to know

of Love

 

Happiness

is brought when

there in the woods

walking and talking

with that special one

short lived, but still

it was lived once

 

Confusion

of those friends who

did stuff to you

or against you

are they truly

friends or just users

Life moves on

 

Another place

to call home

grandparents come

to visit

only seen them

a few times in life

they don’t know me

I know little of them

they are family

 

Dad is off again

in his monster suit

returns n then gone again

sometimes we can go too

to see other places

 

Sometimes we cannot

go to school because

of the protestors

or threats

Even simple things

have a whole new meaning

to those who serve

and those who are left behind

 

Safe…my dad

and the history of my family

dates back through the centuries

serving this country and many others

what do we truly want is peace

and security

 

Another move

to somewhere safe

a place I can go out and play

sure if you don’t count

the guy who almost killed his wife

or the one who did that to another

or…oh my …what a terrible

 

He, my friend,

he did that…

and now…

he…ugh

I cannot speak of him

no more…no longer my friend

 

Someone brought a smile

while I was in the hospital

he smiled at me

and became my friend

he hurt so much

all the while

and then he passed

passed on the smile

for me to carry on

 

There is much more

to being a military brat

but this here story

is just one of many

did we serve in the military

…not by choice

but by family…yes…and

we endured so much

we gave so much

 

we just wanted

to let you know

we are here

we are doing our duty

we enjoyed getting to know

others and living in foreign lands

learning their customs

and yet keeping true to ourselves

 

thank you all who serve,

who have served

and thank you families

who support them

please, do not forget

the families serve, too

 

by Pauline Harris2012

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