Poetry

The Toughest Job in the Corps

The Toughest Job in the Corps

We met in the beginning of May 2005
Only over the phone had I heard his voice
I fell in love before I knew
How difficult loving a Marine was to do

Three or four phone calls a day
Endless night of laughter
June fourth proved I couldn't wait any more
I told him I loved him and it was for sure

The plans began unfolding
A plane ticket was purchased
July first was the day
I would fly to NC to give my heart away

Coming down the escalator
Heart racing and head pounding
The first embrace, the very first kiss
How was I to know how much of it I would soon miss?

The beach was dark and the sand was cold
We walked barefoot at four in the morning
On July fourth he hit one knee and I knew
Through tears and a starry night I would say "I do"

The new plans began unfolding
We would be married in September
Apart the entire time
We planned a perfect wedding on a dime

The day had finally came
September seventeenth in Barbourville, Kentucky
Standing next to him in his dress blues
We sealed a love that deserved front page news

I knew the day was coming
The Corps doesn't let you keep them long
he was leaving for Iraq
Little did I know it's a trip to hell on a one way track

I watched him unload his bags
Crying so hard and feeling my heart break into pieces
One last hug, and one more kiss
If only I'd known July first what I would miss

Pushing myself to get in the truck
I laid my head on the steering wheel and sobbed
My hope and heart felt dense
Then I lifted my head to see him standing, pack on back, behind the fence

I got out of the truck to his smile
"Come give me one last kiss.  I feel like I'm in jail."
Leaning through cold metal to kiss his warm lips
Everything inside went numb from my feet to fingertips

He's only been gone a short while
11 days down and 166 more to endure
Just six months more
And he'll get leave from his beloved Corps

Our newest plans to unfold are locked away for now
I plan to listen and wait for the phone to ring
Write the long letters every lonely night
And with teary eyes pray that God takes away my fright

I'm scared to be on my own
Even though our love happened so soon
I feel like I've loved him my whole life
It's so hard being a newlywed and a Marine Corps Wife

Most women can't do our job
We have the toughest job there is
Some days I do feel like it's a chore
But I am so proud to say my husband belongs to the United States Marine Corps


I dedicate this poem to my life, best friend, and hero...my husband Cpl.
Thomas Williams.  I love you Blake and cannot wait the day we can start our lives
together, never apart, FOR-EVER.

Krystal Williams
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