One Last Word

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ONE LAST WORD is a poem of a young girl and her family when her father leaves for the military.
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Submitted: January 06, 2015

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One step, two steps, three steps, four
As skinny as a maple twig, as sturdy as a log
the fair young girl bounded out the door
Hair like cornsilk, eyes like the sky
A perfect image of her Mommy

 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
across the lawn, down the driveway
Bare feet pounding, small chest heaving
“Daddy, wait you’re leaving something behind!”

 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
Her father turns and faces his little girl
Crouching down right at her level he looks her in the eye
“What is it, honey?  You know Daddy’s gotta go.”

 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
She skids to a stop, catching her breath
“Daddy, Daddy, you forgot me!
Please don’t go, you don’t have to leave.

 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
“Honey, you know Daddy’s gotta go.  He has a duty to do, protect his country.  Daddy’s a soldier now, but he promises soon, he’ll come home to you.”
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
“But when Daddy? When?  How long will it be?  Mommy’s been cryin, she don’t want you to go and neither do I.”
He strokes her hair one last time and glances behind her back to the door,  where her mother is standing, hands clasped in front.  Tears stain her face, but she knows, she understands.  
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four.
“Soon, baby, soon I’ll come home.  Your momma will bake me a cake with red, white and blue frosting.  You can help her, now be good and strong”
One last kiss to her cheek, one last hug, one last glance at her face, so full of confusion.  
“Don’t leave me, Daddy!  I love you!”
“I love you too, you and your momma.  I’ll be home soon you’ll see.”

 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
He walks away, leaving his family behind.
Opens the door to the car, steps in and promises to send letters.  
Waves his goodbyes, and then he’s gone.
His heart left behind, his mind focuses ahead.
He has a duty now, not just to be a father but to protect his country as well as his family.
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
It’s been two months, now three.
Letters had come and gone, the little girl waits anxiously for the day she can
bake the cake her daddy promised she would make.
She asks mommy every day, “Today, Mommy?  Today?”
Her mother would just sigh, and shake her head a tear in her eye.
“Soon, baby, soon.  Now go get ready for school.”
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
Two weeks its been now without a letter or note in the mail
She tries not to fret, tries not to worry but she fears the worst.
She’ll be strong for her little girl, she’ll be brave
She’ll cling to that one last shred of hope

One step, two steps, three steps, four
A knock sounds sounds at the door.
She hurries to the door, her daughter coloring on the floor
The knock comes again, urgently this time
“I’m coming!” She calls
Opening the door.
And officer stands there, bag in hand cap pulled low.
“Are you here about my husband?”  She asks hesitantly.
“Daddy!”  Screams the little girl rushing to him and hugging his leg.
“See, i told you i’d be back!”  He hugs his little girl and looks into his wife’s astonished face.
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
She cries tears of joy, he laughs and their little girl hugs them both.
“I missed you, Daddy, but you finally came home!”
“See, baby, i told you i would.  Now where’s that cake you promised to bake?”
She laughed and tugged both theirs hands into the kitchen.  
Laughing and crying all in the same, the family reunited, once again.
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
He walks away, leaving his family behind.
Opens the door to the car, steps in and promises to send letters.  
Waves his goodbyes, and then he’s gone.
His heart left behind, his mind focuses ahead.
He has a duty now, not just to be a father but to protect his country as well as his family.
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
It’s been two months, now three.
Letters had come and gone, the little girl waits anxiously for the day she can
bake the cake her daddy promised she would make.
She asks mommy every day, “Today, Mommy?  Today?”
Her mother would just sigh, and shake her head a tear in her eye.
“Soon, baby, soon.  Now go get ready for school.”
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
Two weeks its been now without a letter or note in the mail
She tries not to fret, tries not to worry but she fears the worst.
She’ll be strong for her little girl, she’ll be brave
She’ll cling to that one last shred of hope

One step, two steps, three steps, four
A knock sounds sounds at the door.
She hurries to the door, her daughter coloring on the floor
The knock comes again, urgently this time
“I’m coming!” She calls
Opening the door.
And officer stands there, bag in hand cap pulled low.
“Are you here about my husband?”  She asks hesitantly.
“Daddy!”  Screams the little girl rushing to him and hugging his leg.
“See, i told you i’d be back!”  He hugs his little girl and looks into his wife’s astonished face.
 

One step, two steps, three steps, four
She cries tears of joy, he laughs and their little girl hugs them both.
“I missed you, Daddy, but you finally came home!”
“See, baby, i told you i would.  Now where’s that cake you promised to bake?”
She laughed and tugged both theirs hands into the kitchen.  
Laughing and crying all in the same, the family reunited, once again.


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