Like fading ink on a wet writing paper
my chosen words from my heart
are vanishing from the letters
that I sent you over seas,
I was in love with you ever since we were growing up and playing doctors and nurses while our words were so innocent and spoke only as gentle as in friends.
We grew up in a poor neighborhood with
not a single playground for us to
use to polish up on our secret
childish play of fun.
Too much violence for our parents to let us roam the city streets looking for kids games to play out doors because we were the only two children in our old block.
When we walked to school in elementary our
parents taught us to care for each other
and that if I was to grow up as a man
it my duty to take care of you.
I held your hand and crossed you across the street and I kept you away from the traffic so that no injury would come to you if a gang or car would were hit you.
Our high school years were so memorable as we
walked the hallways holding hands with a
smile on our faces to let everyone
know that we were a couple.
When we graduated it was my duty as a man, as a patriotic to this beautiful land of the free to go and defend it from foreign enemies wanting to destroy the USA.
I left on my nineteenth birthday and I gave you a kiss
on your lips to seal the love that we had built
throughout our lives and so that you
would wait for me to return.
For two years I fought with my life to make my country proud and to defend it from those willing to destroy the principles that make this country a free nation.
We communicated for eighteen months and your love for me
was so sincere and my parts of my heart I sent you back
with each letter that I wrote as i expressed how
much I longed to see you when I returned.
Then one day I noticed that the words in your letters that you corresponded to me I could almost count in my hand as words of love that I desired vanished.
One day I came home as my ship arrived so suddenly because as my
tour of duty to my country I had fulfilled loyally and it was time
to come home to face my family that loved me so much and
to see the woman waiting for me that I was to wed.
I knew the mail had failed to arrive fast enough to let me know that you had a change of plans with what we had planned since a time of our childish ways.
When my shipped docked at the Harbor Bay I looked around to see if I could find you waiting for me as my heart beat a thousand times a minute with
the anticipation that our love had endure all those years of growing
up together and the final day to say our vows was minutes away.
I never exited the bay area as a letter from you was handed to me advising me
not to expect you there because in the arms of someone knew you are with.
Copyright © Oscarelizondo Saturday January 1, 2010 11:59 AM
I tried to write the words to make them seem like a ship is slowly arriving at the bay from the ocean and it gets closer and closer. The ship is traveling from west to east and in the last stanza it appears to have arrived, but to read this poem is to know about a love story. Thank you.