Since my husband went to war, poetry concerning this great conflict has haunted me until I express it. Your homecoming to your new daughter caused beautiful images in my mind. I wrote words that I hope will comfort and empower your family as you serve. So here is my gift to the new baby:
I Came Home to My Daughter
There she lay, so warm, pink, soft, and sweet.
When first we finally did meet.
I saw so much of her mother there in her eyes,
The stamp of my own features on her countenance threatened to make me cry.
Wonder at the first sight of my darling daughter,
Swept my soul, and I knew my life she would forever alter.
Feelings too tender for the battlefield,
In that moment caused all my vigilance briefly to yield.
Then I realized more clearly than ever before,
I was called to war because of an evil good people everywhere deplore.
My newborn child and all the children of the world,
Need those of us in service, the flag of liberty to unfurl.
In my daughter’s face I saw the hope of our world and our nation,
Waiting for her contributions, which true peace will hasten.
I knew that in a land far away, where long I had stood the wall,
Children were seeing first hand our intent in the service of us all.
As they watch, I know they too will learn,
Their own hearts for peace and liberty will come to yearn.
In this the power of the enemy will disappear,
The truth of all our brotherhood will finally do away with all fear.
So though my heart longs to stay,
I will again return to the war zone in just a few short days.
In my mind, images of her gentle beauty,
Will give me strength and bring complete commitment to my sacred duty.