A soldier and new father… a song

AN EYE IN THE NIGHT

I’ve longed to hold you

Close to me….

And look into your eyes

With glee….

I long to kiss and hug you tight

And tuck you into bed at night

 

But I’m here stuck away from you

It’s something that I have to do

And make sure you’re always safe from harm

With patches on my shirt sleeve’s arm

 

I keep an eye out in the night

So all of you can sleep real tight

It’s what we do when we’re away

A soldier for the USA

 

And yes it is a sacrifice

For you we will lay down our lives

We’ll never turn and shy away

We fight this war yes, everyday

 

But one day soon I will meet you

I know I’ll shed a tear or two

And looking at your little hands

Gives promise to this simple man

 

My uniform means freedom rings

For all the summers and the springs

That you are safe from outward harm

That’s why these stripes are on my arm

 

I keep an eye out in the night

So all of you can sleep real tight

It’s what we do when we’re away

A soldier for the USA

 

Yeah, we’ll keep fighting for what we know is right

So this world can sleep safe tonight

And truth be told I miss you bad

But soon you’ll meet me….

I’m your dad

 

I keep an eye out in the night

So all of you can sleep real tight

It’s what we do when we’re away

A soldier for the USA

It’s what we do when we’re away

A soldier for the USA

Times of war… our hero’s stand up

THE CENTURION

Kindred the fallen

Threadbare and frayed

Broken in pieces so small

Soil is foreign

Your sacrifice given

The fight is for us one and all

Brave and relentless

The toils of battle

Prayers lifted more everyday

Hardened the portrait

Of those left behind

Whoa is the price that you pay

Cinders arising

Upon a beat ground

Hollowed the lost souls forgotten

Terrible pain

Is the stain of this war

Lying there in the trenches so trodden

Fleeting the thought

Family behind you

Lest you lose your direction

Your angels awaiting

Patient and safe

Challenging this missed affection

Never to waiver

Amid the explosions

Dodging, unbroken you bend

You’re cut is the brave

The solemn vow taken

Our Centurion protects to the end

A song of great loss…

FINAL DANCE

As I sit here in this hospital room

Thinking back over the years

Trying my best to fill the time

Between the sobbing and the tears

 

Looking up I see you smile

Dreaming in your sleep

Never a worry in the world

God will take your soul to keep

 

And I pray…..I pray….

Dropping down upon my knees

Knowing your time isn’t long

Begging the good Lord please

I would so gladly take your place

Lord give this soul a chance

And I pray….I pray….

Have we danced our final dance

 

Something in the touch of your hand

Causes these blurry eyes to look up

Seeing you looking down at me

Your love’s filled up my cup

 

And there’s a message in your eyes

As the look begins to fade

But not before there’s one more smile

Given me on this final day

 

And I pray…..I pray….

Dropping down upon my knees

Knowing your time isn’t long

Begging the good Lord please

I would so gladly take your place

Lord give this soul a chance

And I pray….I pray….

Have we danced our final dance

 

The nurse comes in upon the singing

Of that heart machine

As I kneel holding onto you

My ring upon your ring

 

And I pray…..I pray….

Down upon my knees

Knowing your time has finally come

Begging the good Lord please

I would have gladly taken your place

If He had given me a chance

And I pray….I pray….

We’ve danced our final dance

And I pray….I pray….

We have danced our final dance…..

A short, sad love song…

WHISPER IN THE WIND

I can’t find the words to write this song

Everytime I start to put them down

Something else just goes wrong

 

Perhaps I’m trying way too hard

To move the words along

Or maybe there’s something more to me

Then what’s happening in this song

 

Oh baby, I just can’t find the words

Since you took your love away

It seems to me they just get lost

A little more each day

I know the time we had was short

Wish I could get it back again

What’s lost to us

Can’t be replaced

A whisper in the wind

 

It started out so easy

A smile, a wink, a kiss

Before we knew what happened here

We were tied up in our bliss

 

 

But the good Lord He had other plans

And took that love away

And left me here

A broken man

To wipe the tears and say

 

Oh baby, I just can’t find the words

Since you took your love away

It seems to me they just get lost

A little more each day

I know the time we had was short

Wish I could get it back again

What’s lost to us

Can’t be replaced

A whisper in the wind

No, what’s lost to us

Can’t be replaced

A whisper in the wind

Sweet little poem… Oh this pooch!

WAGGLETILAGGLES

This is the story of Waggletilaggles

A wee little pup don’t you know

His sparkling eyes can light up the face

Of the most harden heart so it goes

And what is that squeak

Could it be the bark

Of this tiny little pint-sized pooch

Ah yes it’s true

As he’s running to you

His tiny tongue readies to smooch

Oh Waggletilaggles slips off each night

As he is a curious whelp

Where does he go

Is he all alone

How can a mere mortal give help

No Waggletilaggles needs not you or me

I believe he is not of this world

Itty-bitty and cute

He turns back in salute

With a wink he is gone in a whirl

Now don’t go ah-frettin’

Don’t go on and on

About such an adorable thing

Being all by himself

He could sit on your shelf

To the world such a joy he can bring

Just think of the faces

Not too unlike yours

When at first did you see with your eyes

Such a fine little thing

Squeaking joy when he’d sing

For your heart did receive quite a prize

For Waggletilaggles his job is done

Having witnessed we all now are blessed

Little package of joy

Twinkling eyes did employ

Surrendered to a world in a mess

Bizarre stuff here… Hmmm…

SENTENCE PASSED

The sleekness encumbered by weakness in slumber alas emptiness final bow…

Rapid beating in flurry swirling upward hot slurry stirring night as the blurry stars cowl…

Hamstrung the cripple return to the nipple of life from the mother long past…

Simple the faithless adrift like the weightless no idol upon which to cast…

Merciless tribal incapable rival return to the bible lest perish thee…

Oh for the wailing endeavor but failing dispatched clever one pay the fee…

Sinking, s ubsiding, descending and sliding quicker and quicker the pace…

At distance a school bell attendance to your hell twisted the lines in your face…

To darkening burrows and lengthening furrows temptation led all who subside here…

The stench of the dead horror ridden and dread turning back to the bed nevermore dear…

A toll to be paid from the grave where you lay you had only to say humble verses…

But oh not for you give the glory to who would have saved you from all of these curses…

And wrap one, two, three at the end of the plea heavy wounded your bleeding bare hands…

Conquered again and again and again are these mortals upon earth they call man…

Suffering, pleading, obsessed never heeding omnipresent eyes watching on high…

Could there be still a chance to excise from this dance hopeful soul that is sentenced to die…

Writhing in pain to the core of your brain spinal tap the fluid of life…

Spinning around and around and around corkscrewed unending the knife…

Blinking, awaking, lungs filled cold breath taking sweat pouring down from your brow…

Tunnel of light brings an end to the night and silence is steady as a bough…

Justifying, denying yet awake still you’re lying as the sun peaks through the drawn shade…

Unheeded the warning now here in the morning for your sentence is passed feel the blade…

Mom’s birthday (Nov 7th)… A poem for her from a few years back.

DOT AND CHARLIE

 

When they found each other
They had found romance
He played hard at sports
She played hard at dance

 

It didn’t take them long
After their love had bloomed
They were all about the other
And in the other all consumed

 

Then it was off to the service
With his new wife in tow
Ended up way out West
California, don’t you know

 

And not many years later
She gave him his first boy
How proud they both were
For this bundle of joy

 

But it didn’t take long
For this couple as she knew
Barely over a year
Not just one boy, but two

 

So, they worked real hard
To feed the sweet little things
They were growing oh so fast
Diaper changes, summer, spring

 

Then before you knew it
Heaven knows what would be
Those little boys got a brother
Now that makes them three

 

And as times became tougher
And the money getting tighter
He was thinking about going home
Taking them back to skies brighter

 

So the family of five
Headed south to make their way
Down to God’s favorite place
Down to Mobile Bay

 

Where they worked even harder
To feed the growing score
Teach dancing for a living
Till she birthed out number four

 

And while they were so happy
About to work themselves to death
Teaching dancing him the shift work
They could hardly catch their breath

 

Getting by the best they could
Four little boys years spread were six
Play outside all the time
Happy young’uns’ what a mix

 

Growing daily then by years
Catch that fish, shoot that squirrel
The youngest turning ten
Then there came a baby girl

 

Now the brothers were so happy
They had a sister to spoil rotten
Tossing her like a ball
She’d laugh in gown of cotton

 

They only dropped her once or twice
But they kissed away the tears
Because before they knew it
There had passed so many years

 

Each getting married to the their sweetheart
And having babies of their own
Loving life like their parents
The children loved and it was shown

 

And the parents of their parents
Slowly lost as time runs out
The kids had learned so very much
They knew what nature was about

 

Families growing jobs consuming
Taking some of the boys away
Hurricanes chasing the oldest
As he moved from state to state

 

While a couple fell to bad times
Tearing their family’s heart
It was tough on all the others
Watching these worlds fall apart

 

But in love these kids were raised
And again they found their way
Making choices that they had to
As life keeps coming day by day

 

And the day came way too soon
When Charlie fell into God’s hands
There were tears of joy and sadness
Dot shuffling her feet through the sands

 

And the kids they gathered round her
With the love that they’d been shown
From the time that they were babies
Now Dot’s time to reap what’s sown

 

And the grand kids getting married
Having families starting lives
It’s a circle never ending
Growing older as it drives

 

But let’s not forget the starting point
Where all of this began
Twas the love of one another
Twixt a woman and a man

 

Going way back over decades
Through the rye and through the barley
They had four sons and a daughter
It began with Dot and Charlie