THOSE THEY LEAVE BEHIND

War is tough and war is hell,
and plans are put on pause
when soldiers leave for battle zones
to fight for freedom's cause.

They go to serve without complaint;
they're loyal, brave, and true.
They march with pride and wear a smile
and do what they must do.

Those left behind must keep the faith,
be patient, strong, and true.
They live with hope and fortitude
while their hearts break in two.

A wife is left alone to raise
her children who are small,
because her husband had to go
in answer to the call.

A mother's son is called to fight;
her fears she holds at bay.
She prays that God will keep him safe
and bring him home to stay.

A father's tears spills like the rain;
he's helpless now to be her shield.
His daughter's gone to join the ranks
of soldiers on the battlefield.

They do not know from day to day
just what the news may be,
but they hang on and carry on
with courage and tenacity.

God bless the ones who're left behind
to hope and pray and wait.
Their lives may be forever changed
by war's bloody hand of fate.

True heroes all, those left behind,
who watch their loved ones go.
Will they come back? Will they be whole?
They sadly do not know.

Copyright 2004 Ruth Gillis

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