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Wartime Seranade

October 11, 2009
By AlextheKat27 SILVER, Mesa, Arizona
AlextheKat27 SILVER, Mesa, Arizona
5 articles 1 photo 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?" --Dilbert

Your laughter lights so softly on my ears,
Sunshine shows your chuckle and wrinkled nose.
That warming sun fades as shadow grows,
I struggle harder to suppress my fears.
Your number’s called, can I withhold my tears?
Don’t they know you’re not a man, still just a teen?
It looms closer, a sinister synchronized machine,
As your laughter turns to clicks of cogs and gears.
That day—oh cursed day—arrives.
You, so neatly pressed, ironed, and refined,
Board the ship after just one last kiss goodbye.
You, sweet boy, shouldn’t play with matches, even knives,
Let alone the bullets or the mines.
You’ll live on in me forever, love, lest you should die.

The boats puff and snort like herds of steers,
Aircraft darkly hover like black crows.
In your letters, longing for home shows.
How I wish that you were near.
This city is a ghost town without you here.
I play your records, trying to live a vinyl dream.
The loneliness without you rips me open like a seam,
But pain keeps your memory close and ever-clear.
Come dance with me in dappled moonlight.
Wear your clothes, not sharpened uniform.
Until you’re back, I can only yearn
For that sweet smile I dream of every night.
Stay safe, and I shall do as I swore:
To wait for you, love, until you return.

The author's comments:
Oh, the 1940s.. I want to capture that waiting and waiting that the women left behind had to deal with in World War II.

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Alabian GOLD said...
on Sep. 5 2013 at 9:18 pm
Alabian GOLD, Limbo, Other
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"If you can fly, don't stop at the sky cause there are footprints on the moon" - Owl City

This is so beautiful, I wanted to cry while reading it! I can relate to this because my cousin is going into the Navy :(( So beautiful. So, so gorgeous. You have great feeilng. 5/5 stars.

on Oct. 16 2011 at 3:16 pm
princess_nightmare BRONZE, Phx, Arizona
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Live life to the fullest!

your poem filled me with emotions.....and i felt n feel just the same.......you are very talented

Rox18 SILVER said...
on Mar. 1 2011 at 3:49 pm
Rox18 SILVER, Riverside, California
7 articles 0 photos 6 comments
i like the imagery on this one good job :]

kandace BRONZE said...
on Jun. 10 2010 at 12:47 pm
kandace BRONZE, Winn, Michigan
4 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
dont have one havnt found the perfect one yet

wow! amazing work maybe you can look at mine and rate and if u think you can maybe give me some pointers i know my poems need a lot of work

faakee said...
on Jan. 4 2010 at 6:41 pm
awesome this is super duper cool

on Jan. 4 2010 at 6:04 pm
scarletP SILVER, East Lansing, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A smart girl listens but doesn't believe, kisses but doesn't love and leaves before she is left."
-- Marilyn Monroe

i always find it fascinating how you can capture something you were never a part of ...good job.

on Oct. 19 2009 at 8:29 pm
jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
17 articles 0 photos 568 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't gain the world and lose your soul....wisdom is better than silver or gold."

"You can always close a book, but you can never close the mind of a writer."

this is very great! :) wow, for never living in the WWII era, you did a great job painting a beautiful picture in my mind and writing with such emotion :) i loved it! such a tender poem...5 stars :) check out some of my newest work if you could, i would love to hear what you think

on Oct. 18 2009 at 2:14 am
Lixxy_93 DIAMOND, Westminster, California
53 articles 0 photos 52 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have them, flaunt them" -Circle of Friends

"may the saddest day of the future be no worse then the happiest day of your past" -irish blessing

If male homosexuals are called "gay," then female homosexuals should be called "ecstatic."

beautiful, it is obvious how much you love and miss this boy, if it is written after a real person fighting over seas i hope he did/will return home safely to you that loves him so much