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 Post subject: 'He's Going Off To War'-A Poem/Song for my Son...
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:24 pm 
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I wrote this today, for my son Zach, who deploys in 9 days. :( :( :(
It started out as a poem...and wound up more like lyrics to a song. I wish I could sing lol or knew someone who could record it as a song-as I think it really fits AS a song...one that many military moms could probably relate to.

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He's Going Off To War

From the moment he enlisted,
I knew the time would come-
I'd have to let him go,
And kiss goodbye, my son.

But it doesn't make it easier,
Knowing that it's true.
For nothing could prepare me for,
This pain, I'm going through.

I don't know how I'll do this,
Crying every day and night.
Praying he comes, safely home...
Praying that he's alright.

He's going off to war,
And I can't fight these fears.
They follow me everywhere,
Accompanied by tears.

There's a never-ending battle,
Waging in my heart,
'Cause I'm trying to be stronger,
While I'm falling all apart...

...He's going off to war...

It seems only yesterday,
He was just a little boy.
The apple of my eye,
And Daddy's pride and joy.

Now he's standing there,
In his ARMY uniform-
So brave and ready-a-man,
With duties to perform.

Only my bedroom pillow,
Knows how much I've cried.
Because in front of him, I try,
To keep it all inside.

But he's going off to war,
And I can't fight these fears.
They follow me everywhere,
Accompanied by tears.

There's a never-ending battle,
Waging in my heart,
'Cause I'm trying to be stronger,
While I'm falling all apart...

...He's going off to war...

I pray that God would keep him,
Safely held there, in His hand,
While he's so far away from home,
Bravely serving on foreign land.

All the worries a mother has,
Seem rolled now, into one.
I'll count each day, until he comes home,
When his tour of duty is done.

Father, I need Your Grace to guide me,
Like I've never needed it before.
Please Lord, give me, the strength to do this,
For my son is going, off to war...


©Cathy Faist 2008

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 Post subject: Re: 'He's Going Off To War'-A Poem/Song for my Son...
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:40 pm 
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Cathy,

That is beautiful and so true. I can tell that it came from your heart. Sometimes I wonder if a a mother's heart can take any more but we just keep pushing on.

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 Post subject: Re: 'He's Going Off To War'-A Poem/Song for my Son...
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Thanks Cathy, this is a wonderful poem/song. It is from your heart and relays so much how you and others feel at this time. Thanks.

I do think you need to add Tissue Alert to the beginning.

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 Post subject: Re: 'He's Going Off To War'-A Poem/Song for my Son...
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Very nice Cathy. Right from the heart!

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this is so true Cathy.... I was crying as I read it as my Son will be deploying in the next few months also. You can tell you wrote it from your heart and this is something that I am going to print and save forever.

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Words well put. Thanks for sharing.

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ProudMSArmyMom wrote:
Cathy,

That is beautiful and so true. I can tell that it came from your heart. Sometimes I wonder if a a mother's heart can take any more but we just keep pushing on.



I'm late replying, but thanks for this great poem. How true it is, and I've felt that sometimes my heart just can't take anymore. But, something gives me the strength, and that is God who is answering my prayers.

Thanks!!!! Again!!!

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Fort Jackson BCT 11/2/07
Fort Jackson AIT 02/19/08
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