Army Mom’s Safe Haven

(for Marilyn "Sailor" McKay)

She's a feisty little red head
and she has won a Bronze Star -
she served with the Navy
on the Sanctuary - off Da Nang
in a dirty little War.

She's not emotional
or demonstrative
she says she doesn't cry -
until that day in April
and I'm going to tell you why -

She knelt beside me
that hot day -
to say hello again -
and asked if I could write a poem -
if she shared something -
that could give me inspiration.
I said I would,
as best I could.

She said "You know I don't usually cry -
but today a little girl came up to me -
Karen's little granddaughter -
and she put her arms around me
and she said 'Welcome Home',
and I lost it.
I really cried some tears."

I thought I'd lose it myself
listening to her,
watching her face -
thinking about those long
ago years...

So Sailor, Welcome Home again,
from me...
thank you for your friendship,
for your service,
and for sharing your precious
little memory.

©Copyright April 2001 by Christina