In recognition of their fathers, son,
mothers, brothers, daughters, aunts,
uncles, cousins, friends, wives, and
husbands they pledge their allegiance
to the flag of the United States of
America and to the Republic for which
it stands, one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all. They hand
over the little time they have left, promising
to serve and protect, to obey commands
when given, and to die fighting if necessary.
Months later they are shipped off to war and
sent out to the battle field. They witness
horrors we could never imagine, face dangers
we could never understand, and take risks we
never knew existed.
And while I appreciate their work, admire their
effort, and understand their reasoning... I want
to know, Daddy, when are you going to come
home? See, I've been counting the days and
Sophia just learned her weeks! And you're late...
I sit and the door everyday and wait.
I hope this letter gets to you,
I hope I see you soon,
Love Always an Forever,
Your baby girls
Oh! And, by the way, Anna just lost her first teeth
and the tooth fairy-
There was someone at the door and mom left me
home alone to pick Anna and Sophie up from soccer
and he was wearing your uniform... He said you won't
be coming home anymore. He said you were KIA. So I
guess this letter won't reach you and I guess you won't
take me to the Father Daughter Dance next week or see
me grown into a woman or walk me down the aisle at my
wedding. And I guess I don't need to write this anymore
because you'll never see it but I want you to come home,
I want to see you in your uniform, I want you to come home
and never leave again!
So I guess until then... I'll just wait.
Because I just can't believe you were KIA.
Copyright © B. Ariel Moreno | Year Posted 2015