Leaving Home Poems
I'm so excited that I'm going
I'm feeling nervous though;
I will miss everyone around here
But I know it's time to go.
I've overstayed my welcome
As I'm now nearly thirty-three;
But you have made it possible
For my move to the valley.
So my dearest Mom and Dad
Please visit when you want;
It's beautiful it really is
You can even bring my aunt.
As I leave and say goodbye as off to college I go
It's not just any you know; it's intercontinental;
I can't believe how fabulous this is what a chance I've got
I'm so delirious I think I'm going mental.
The excitement is too much for me
I have a fever and my speech has gone all wild
Squeaky voice with a red flushed face
I can't believe I'm acting like a child.
Dear Mom and Dad I'm leaving
I'm going away tonight
I'm off to go get married;
As I've met my Mr Right.
I know you will be nonplussed
As you had made many plans;
But they are yours not mine
I want to be with this man.
So thank you but I know
You'd try to stop me if you could;
Forgive me and I'll be back
As I know I should.
I love you both so very much
You've been so wonderful to me;
As soon as I feel the time is right
I'll be back you just wait and see.
Leaving Home Poems
To Mom and Dad
That's how the story goes;
I'm off to go to war
I've wanted to be in the army
Ever since I was four.
I know that you will worry
But I'm doing what I want;
I'll be well trained before
They send me to the front.
Thank you for your loving care
You've been fabulous both of you;
No one could wish for better
You're simply the best you two.
Students, Graduates Leaving School, College, University
There'll be tears in your ( Bud)
You perfected being a slob;
Now you've gone and joined the real world
And got a proper job
Oh (Jimmy), don't leave us
Don't forsake your age old vow
You'd perfected the art of laying about
Don't go and spoil it now.
I am off on the journey of my life
One whole year to travel around;
To see the sights
To hear the sounds
My travels will give me an insight
Into how the other half lives;
To see and to feel the same as them
To see just how much I can give.
I appreciate the privilege I've had up to now
Food in my belly and things on the telly;
So now I need to find my path to see what I can do
To make my life worthwhile and not grow sedgy.
I'm leaving home now mom and dad
I've got a pad somewhere to call my own
I'll make as much mess as I want;
Somewhere that will be my home.
You've sheltered me for to long now
I've driven you mad over the years
With my dirty socks and messy room
I know mom I've driven you to tears.
So celebrate! Your home is now your own
For things to stay so nice and clean;
Peace and quiet long overdue
No longer feeling like my canteen.
The Military Wife
Lots of moving…
… … Moving far from home…
Moving two cars, three kids and one dog…all riding with HER of course.
Moving sofas to basements because they won’t go in THIS house;
Moving curtains that won’t fit;
Moving jobs and certifications and professional development hours.
Moving away from friends;
Moving toward new friends;
Moving her most important luggage: her trunk full of memories.
Waiting for housing.
Waiting for orders.
Waiting for deployments.
Waiting for phone calls.
Waiting for reunions.
Waiting for the new curtains to arrive.
Waiting for him to come home
They call her ‘Military Dependent’, but she knows better:
She is fiercely In-Dependent.
She can balance a check book;
Handle the yard work;
Fix a noisy toilet;
Bury the family pet…
She is intimately familiar with drywall anchors and toggle bolts.
She can file the taxes;
Sell a house;
Buy a car;
Or set up a move…
…..all with ONE Power of Attorney.
She welcomes neighbors that don’t welcome her.
She reinvents her career with every PCS;
Locates a house in the desert, The Arctic, Or the deep south.
And learns to call them all ‘home’.
She MAKES them all home.
Military Wives are somewhat hasty…
They leap into:
They don’t have 15 years to get to know people.
Their roots are short but flexible.
They plant annuals for themselves and perennials for those who come after them.
Military Wives quickly learn to value each other:
They connect over coffee
Rely on the spouse network
Accept offers of friendship and favors.
Record addresses in pencil…
Military Wives have a common bond:
The Military Wife has a husband unlike other husbands; his commitment is unique.
He doesn’t have a ‘JOB’
He has a ‘MISSION’ that he can’t just decide to quit…
He’s on-call for his country 24/7.
But for her, he’s the most unreliable guy in town!
His language is foreign
And so, a Military Wife is a translator for her family and his.
She is the long- distance link to keep them informed;
the glue that holds them together.
A Military Wife has her moments:
She wants to wring his neck;
Dye his uniform pink;
Refuse to move to Siberia;
But she pulls herself together.
Give her a few days,
A travel brochure,
A long hot bath,
A pledge to the flag,
A wedding picture
And she goes.
You may think it is because she has lost her mind.
But actually it is because she has lost her heart.
It was stolen from her by a man,
Who puts duty first,
Who longs to deploy,
Who salutes the flag,
And whose boots in the doorway remind her that as long as he is her Military Husband,
She will remain his military wife.
And would have it no other way.