While He’s Away: A Poem About Being Gone

Reblogged from Jason B. Ladd

My dad served two tours in Vietnam when I was a kid, so I can relate to this poem. I do respect and bless our troops. My daughter is a Navy Chief. I am for peace and against war. There cannot be peace while we fight and kill each other! Bless those that have lost their lives, lost their family and made sacrifices.

While He’s Away: A Poem About Being Gone

when he's away deployment

While I’m away

The mission’s first

We’ll put our best against their worst

But victory will fail to quench my thirst

While I’m away

while hes away deployment

 –

While I’m away

The silence settles in

The mood is calm, the air is thin

My kingdom for one morn’ of childrens’ din

While I’m away

when he's away deployment

 –

While I’m away

Diminished dawns

The flock is far, the shepherd gone

The sheep will grow and graze and carry on

While I’m away

when he's away deployment

While I’m away

Fools worship golden cows

With laps aflame and loins aroused

Let God protect our covenant of sacred vows

While I’m away

when he's away deployment

While you’re away

I start a new routine

The laundry’s neat, the house is clean

But soon I miss the manly mess unseen

While you’re away

while hes away deployment

While you’re away

Our things break down

With no one to repair around

In projects left undone our lair abounds

While you’re away

when he's away deployment

While you’re away

The evil freaks

Through sudden cricks and eerie creaks

Our settling house at nighttime speaks, I’m scared

While you’re away

when he's away deployment

While you’re away

It’s not the same

I’m thankful for the few who came

To help me play this sacrificial game

While you’re away

when he's away deployment

While he’s away

I’m turning ten

This milestone never comes again

I understand, but struggle now and then

While he’s away

when hes away deployment

While he’s away

I run the bases

Looking in the stands for faces

Sad to see the empty spaces left

While he’s away

when hes away deployment

While he’s away

I lose my teeth

And sleep with them at night beneath

The pillow where I cry myself to sleep

While he’s away

when hes away deployment

While he’s away

It makes me sad

Sometimes I’m a little mad

How come others get to have my dad

While he’s away?

when he's away worried

While  he’s away

I’ll start to walk

And look up for my daddy’s gawk

But nowhere will I find his eyes to lock

While he’s away

when hes away deployment

While I’m away

Their father’s not around

I’ve taught them though, one comfort sound

Another Father always keeps them found

While I’m away

Photo credit: Cpl. Bryan Nygaard / PD / bus

Photo credit: Capt. Christopher Prout / PD /hornet

Photo credit: r.f.m II / Foter.com / CC BY /man bed

Photo credit: EoinGardiner / Foter.com / CC BY /flock

Photo credit: Jeff Belmonte / Foter.com / CC BY /rings

Photo credit: coloredgrey / Foter.com / CC BY /no mess

Photo credit: john.schultz / Foter.com / CC BY-SA /to do list

Photo credit: Hiii-Fiii / Foter.com / CC BY /door

Photo credit: stephcarter / Foter.com / CC BY-ND /mother and daughter

Photo credit: Olaf / Foter.com / CC BY-SA /bb gun

Photo credit: Phil Roeder / Foter.com / CC BY /softball

Photo credit: insidious_plots / Foter.com / CC BY /missing tooth

Photo credit: Russel K Photographs / Foter.com / CC BY-ND /worried

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9 comments on “While He’s Away: A Poem About Being Gone

    • You’re welcome. I am against war and support peace. However, being raised in the military, I saw all the sacrifices my dad made. Luckily, he was never seriously injured. My daughter is a Navy Chief. I opted out of the military life. 🙂 Although I respect you, I do not agree with war.

  1. I was a Soldier for 15 years. There was too much separation. It is important to the people left behind. They are safe and sound. I like the many photos and stories. Thank you.

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