Travel Photo Thursday | A Psalm For My Soldier

Travel Photo Thursday | A Psalm For My Soldier

Photo credit: Nanny Snowflake on FlickrToday’s photo (is not mine, but it perfectly expresses the heart of this post)  is a little late for Memorial Day, but I wanted to show tribute to those who fight for us daily and to honor the sacrifice that they make at the expense of loved ones.  I wrote a poem from the standpoint of a wife seeing her husband off as he leaves to report for duty.

A psalm for my soldier

My smile flew away the moment you kissed me goodbye and walked through the gate.

It waited patiently for you to come sit beside and hold it within the warmth of the hollow of your hands and safeguard it ’til  you reached your destination.

I remembered that you had the good sense not to look back because you knew that you would see the jumbled, emotional mess you’d  be leaving behind.

We didn’t talk about the almost month of Sundays when we would be separated by an ocean or two, instead, we talked about what we’d do the moment our eyes caressed one another again.

We marveled about how we’d sit down and discuss the ‘must-haves’ for the new house that would accommodate the things a sentimental fool like me couldn’t bear to part with.

You never complained because you knew how difficult it was for me to let go of things near and dear to my heart.

We spoke of wishes and hopes and dreams and gave no power to the underlying fear that went unspoken, but certainly felt.

Be safe, my love.  I pray that you will come back to me, if not whole in body, then in mind and spirit.

But should God decide that He needs you more,  know that my heart will be forever waiting for you on the other side.

© 2008 Renee King



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  • jamie - cloud people adventures
    Posted at 06:22h, 02 June Reply

    im not sure if this classifies as cheating, since the words are so poignant and powerful. beautifully written renee.

    • Renee
      Posted at 07:57h, 02 June Reply

      I was kicking myself for not having a photo of a soldier of my own. I can’t remember where I saw this discussion, but someone mentioned that it is good to take ‘slice of life pics’ when you are traveling (or whatever) because you never know when that pic may come in handy….such as in times like this…

  • Debbie Beardsley
    Posted at 12:26h, 02 June Reply

    Wonderful sentiment and, IMO, it is never too late to express the gratitude for our men and women serving in the military. Gratitude just doesn’t seem to be enough!

  • Sensibletraveler
    Posted at 13:09h, 02 June Reply

    Agreed. Thanks to everyone currently serving and those that have served out country in years past.

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 14:30h, 02 June Reply

    Very beautiful and poignant words Renee! They really bring extra meaning to the photo. 🙂

  • jade
    Posted at 17:13h, 02 June Reply

    lovely. and I agree- it’s never too late to express gratitude!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:10h, 03 June Reply

      Thanks, Jade….glad that it’s being well-received.

  • Nancie
    Posted at 18:54h, 02 June Reply

    Lovely post Renee. Your words are very touching.

    Thanks for posting to Travel Photo Thursday.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:10h, 03 June Reply

      Thanks, Nancie!

  • Jeremy Branham
    Posted at 19:13h, 02 June Reply

    Thanks for this Renee. Definitely a bit of a different take on the photo of the week but incredibly powerful. I can’t imagine what it is like for a family to have to go through this.

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 02:32h, 03 June Reply

    Beautiful and touching, Renee — and so appropriate. Thanks for sharing your poem.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:09h, 03 June Reply

      Thanks, Cathy!

  • The Travel Chica
    Posted at 10:40h, 03 June Reply

    What a great idea for Memorial Day. Well done!

    • Renee
      Posted at 14:45h, 03 June Reply

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  • Leigh
    Posted at 12:23h, 04 June Reply

    What lovely words Renee – very powerful and very positive.

    • Renee
      Posted at 11:51h, 13 June Reply

      Thanks, Leigh!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 05:40h, 06 June Reply

    Beautifully written Renee. When I lived in S. Korea I got to know some service men and women and it was heartbreaking to see their pain of being away from their families for extended periods of time.

    • Renee
      Posted at 11:51h, 13 June Reply

      Thanks, Laurel….it has to be so difficult being separated like that.

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