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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: They Also Serve
By Verna Cole Mitchell
12/07/06


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I sing of women yet unsung
Who send their men to war
And know that when they say good-by,
They may see them no more.

I sing of wives whose husbands go
To countries far away,
Who pray and wait and bide their time
And watch for word each day.

I sing of sisters left behind
By brothers sent to fight
To protect our nation’s freedom
With courage and with might.

I sing of mothers with loved sons
Who leave their family
To make their way to war-torn lands
To set those nations free.

I sing of daughters whose dads leave.
They miss their loving care.
There is no one to take their place
To be found anywhere.

I sing of women everywhere
As Milton once did state
In words so true, “They also serve
Who only stand and wait.”

I sing of women yet unsung
Who send their men to war
And know that when they say good-by,
They may see them no more


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Edy T Johnson 12/14/06
Beautiful expression in this poetry leaves my eyes damp and my heart touched.
Jan Ackerson 12/15/06
Moving, and beautifully written.

I'd like to read the companion poem some day, too--about men and boys who have wives, mothers, and daughters serving the country!

Very nice poem.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/05/07
A beautiful poetic tribute to our men in arms. So touching and and meaningful. Loved it! Great job!