With deepest sympathy.
With deepest sympathy. pain stories

bernardtwindwil Granddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
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I wrote this for all grieving military spouses of all time.

With deepest sympathy.

by bernardtwindwil

A form letter delivered by a Colonel's wife She climbed the front porch steps on a beautiful spring day The letter she handed me would forever change my life

What had been a gorgeous blue sky turned dingy and gray My remembering our sweet life cuts me like a knife The news that my best friend was never going to return

I was too shocked to cry or to react in any way I carried the rumpled letter all day it made my eyes burn Friends kept coming with casseroles and some bouquets

Is this table full of food and flowers what your life earns I am staring at your photograph on the buffet I have so much to do when they bring me what was you

Oh how I wish I could make it all just go away Planning a funeral my best friend to bid adieu I don't know where your earthly remains will come to lay

This is not something I ever thought I would do When we used to meet after class at that tiny cafe Why did we delay our decision to have a child

I'll need something to hold as your face fades away You were my great hero so passionate and so wild I'll always agnosco veteris vestigia flammae

I loved how you stood face to face with horror and smiled I must face my losses I can no longer delay

I do not know what I'll miss the most you or our life

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