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Where Your Face Don't Mean A Thing

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Where Your Face Don't Mean A Thing

When it's quiet in the morning, I know that you are gone
Marching from your family to the place you don't belong
You soldier on to countries where your face don't mean a thing
Valued as disruption with the destructions you bring
I wish these unknown countries saw the man you truly are
The body that I ache to hold comes home bruised and scarred
They see you as an enemy, to me you are a hero
They don't see the tears I cry over your untouched pillow
But no one seems to listen, no one seems to care
No one seems to notice that these letters end up nowhere
And often I have wondered if this worrying is worth it
Should I put my life on hold while you complete your service?
The haunting thought of losing you, my skin begins to crawl
But fear's replaced with gratitude I'm part of you at all
It's me you're coming home to, it's me you're fighting for
Thinking of the preciousness reminds me who you are
And as the echo of your boots go marching out the door
I'll be fighting for you too, my own personal war

22nd June 2012

Copyright © Jodie Williams

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  1. Date: 7/11/2012 7:42:00 AM
    Thank you all x

  1. Date: 7/8/2012 6:14:00 PM
    jodie, congratulations with your wonderful win -xox~pd

  1. Date: 7/6/2012 11:37:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in Gail's contest Jodie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 5:07:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 11:17:00 AM
    Congratulations jodie on a well written poem. You paint a picture that is hard to imagine if you had not gone through it yourself. Mike

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 8:05:00 AM
    congrats Jodie on a wonderful write and win luv..

  1. Date: 7/4/2012 6:17:00 AM
    This poem brings in a different perspective, that of a beloved of a soldier and her fears. Very well expressed. Congrats.

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 11:01:00 PM
    Jodie, congrats on your amazing win! Your poem has brought me to tears. I can only imagine the heartache and loneliness a soldier's wife feels, but you described it so well, I can try. This is a first place winner on my list. It's far better than mine! Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 9:22:00 PM
    this one is so awesome because it's seeing the soldier from the view of the girlfriend or wife back home. A very well deserved win. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 7/3/2012 9:10:00 PM
    Yes there are soldiers at home fighting a different war of lonliness and worry. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 2:24:00 PM
    gripping scene peppered with strong yet languid phrases... i hail you, jodie!..:) hugggs!

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 8:18:00 AM
    lovely Jodie,nicely done