Letter from Home
You don’t know me, but I am just a humble American that wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated. Being a soldier in these strange times has got to be extremely difficult, not only physically, but emotionally as well. My hope for you is that you make it home safe and sound. The second, sound, being the most difficult I am sure. War is not for the timid or the weak of mind.
I had considered sending you a bit of prose about my beautiful rose bush that is now in bloom or maybe even my vegetable garden with its new sprouts, but both of those seemed a bit trite when considering where you are and what you may be going through. As an aspiring writer I am well aware of the power of the written word and I am not afraid to use it (sorry, couldn’t resist).
A little background may, or may not, be in order. An elderly man that I know recently lost his wife and he has decided to sell his remote property and move closer to the city. He is not computer literate so he asked for my help in selling off some of his belongings. One of the items he gave me to sell is the eagle statue shown in the above photo. When thinking about what I could possibly say to someone whose life is on the line every day to preserve my freedom, my mind kept going back to that “not very well cared for” eagle. So, he is the object of my prose, written specifically for you.
A Little Dirt
I stand tall, I stand proud,
Covered in dust and grime,
Yet my heart is as a cloud.
What harm is a little dirt
When those I love are in danger?
They could lose their freedom,
Their choices or even their lives,
If I allow a little dirt to stand in my way.
My armor may be chipped,
The visage a bit unsightly,
But I will continue the fight.
A little dirt will not stop me,
Or deter me from my goal,
I will continue to stand
For what is good and what is right.
A little dirt is nothing
Compared to my might.
And there it is, in all its “glory” (these things are just so hard to resist sometimes!). I hope you enjoyed my little ditty and may it bring you as much comfort as it possibly can.
From Rio Rancho, New Mexico to you, may you find your way home soon.