I am Here
Look at me, right here, take my hand,
I will make sure to get you out of this sand.
Don’t look at that, just keep your eyes on me,
I am going to tell you how things are going to be.
You call me Jason, but that is not my name, but don’t stress,
asking about high school, blinking away tears, I say yes.
Remember that night when we took your dad’s car,
Hit that mailbox and snuck into the bar.
What about that winter when we ditched class,
The principal chased us, slipped, and fell flat on his ass.
I promise you they are coming, I won’t leave your side,
We will all go together, it will be a short ride.
I know you are scared, and it is getting late,
Stay with me now, you are doing great.
Do you remember Jenny from just down the street?
Her hair always a mess, running around in her bare feet.
When we get back, I think we should go catch some fish,
You can stay at my house, mom will make you her favorite dish.
I nod my head and tell you that help is near,
When we get home, we will sit down and have a beer.
I know it hurts, we are almost there,
Where you are going, you will get the best care.
I am not letting go, my tears about to erupt,
We are team, please don’t give up.
The earth began to shake, swarmed by my brothers,
They took the young soldier, placing him next to the others.
As the door closed, I watched as they sped away,
Turned back around to face the rest of my day.
The images of them all flooded into my head,
It didn’t matter who they were, I never would change what I said.
Each face, tragedy, and triumph from this and others,
Please God let them return to their fathers and mothers.
Another asked, hey did you know that guy,
I said, I have known many like him as time has gone by.
I said a quick prayer for the soldier before entering back into this deadly game,
I wish I could have been more specific God, but I didn’t even know his name.