Poetry

-=MISSING YOU

Dear Marine Wives,
My husband found this site &it's wonderful! I've just begun to explore
it,when I saw the "poem" site. I wanted to share one I was moved to write
when my Marine was deployed with the 24th MEU in 1995. He was on the USS
Kearsarge when they were tasked with the rescue mission inv olving the
downed Air Force pilot, Capt. Scott O'Grady, as many of you may remember. I
hope you enjoy &identify with my poem called:

-=MISSING YOU

THE MORNING IS STILL DARK, THE BUSES ARE HERE.
DEPARTING MARINES LINE UP TO STOW THEIR GEAR.

A STREET-LIGHT SHINES DOWN ON GLISTENING, WET FACES.
WE'RE ALL THE SAME, JUST FROM DIFFERENT PLACES.

AS I LOOK AROUND I SEE SO MANY YOUNG TEARS,
BUT FOR US, IT SEEMS WE'VE SAID "GOODBYE" FOR YEARS

. I FEEL THEIR HEARTS ARE SURELY BREAKING,
FOR YOURS AND MINE ARE ALSO ACHING.

WE HANG TOUGH, OUR PARTING REMAINS UP-BEAT,
BUT, AS I DRIVE AWAY, ALREADY I LONG FOR YOUR KISS, SO SWEET.

DAYS PASS, WEEKS BECOME RATHER ROUTINE.
GOD, I MISS THAT UNIFORM AND YOUR EYES OF GREEN!

I ENVY THE SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE, THE MANY DIFFERENT PORTS
. SIPPING CAPPUCCINO, TOO MUCH WINE, SAMPLING FOOD OF ALL SORTS.

I'VE HEARD THE "MEU" CALLED MANY NAMES: A "TOUR," A "FLOAT," EVEN A
"MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE."
SOUNDS ALMOST GLAMOROUS UNTIL REALITY PAYS A VISIT, AND SUDDENLY, YOU'RE
FRONT PAGE NEWS.

TROUBLE BREWING, SHIPS ARE DIVERTED...
THE MESSAGE MAKES MY BLOOD RUN COLD.

REST ASSURED FOR MARINES ARE READY, THE FIRST AND BEST.
WE BELIEVE IT, WE KNOW, WE'VE BEEN TOLD.

WE HAVE A DREAM HONEYMOON PLANNED TO MEET IN ROME,
BUT I'D TRADE IT ALL AWAY AND A THOUSAND MORE TO HAVE YOU HOME.

SO, I SIT BY THE PHONE AND WAIT FOR WORD,
OTHER WIVES CALL ASKING "WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD?"

"DISREGARD RUMORS, WE MUST REMAIN PATIENT AND STRONG,"
I SAY. "WHATEVER THIS IS WON'T LAST LONG,"

IN SILENCE, I PRAY. YOU'LL PERFORM ANY ASSIGNED TASK AND DO IT WELL.
IT'S YOUR SWORN DUTY, YOUR JOB, IT'S MORE...I CAN TELL.

I KNOW YOU LOVE THE MARINE CORPS AND I DO, TOO,
BUT RIGHT NOW...I'M JUST MISSING YOU...

FOR: ED BOWLING, JUNE 1995, LOVE, GAIL

(By the way, everything worked out, the Capt. was rescued, and Ed and I met
in Rome for the most romantic week of our lives!) We will be doing Ed's
twilight-tour beginning in April 99', and retire three years later, after
30 years! Thank you for this site, I plan to visit often!
Gail Bowling