Upon a Son Deploying for the Second Time

Wet and slippery you emerge,
To swim in air.
Every morning, I greet you,
You smile and then open eyes,
Anticipating new day before you see.
 
You grow to fit a boy’s uniform and dusty cleats.
At dusk, your arm reaches for horizon,
To grab the fly ball;
Your skill surprises me,
You are so young.
Discouraged once, you say ‘quit’,
But stay and work to full count—Then—
Swing, whack, crack, gap!
No quit in you now.
 
In high school, you leap at volleyball,
And glide across ice with skates and stick,
Weapon at the ready.
You watch your brother go.
He says he goes so you won’t have to.
 
But you see horizon and reach once more;
Tall and lean, with shorn hair.
You’ve grown to fit a man uniform.
 
Keen eyes wide open now,
Scan horizon.
Faraway places call to you,
“Come.”
And go you must.
 
Godspeed,
My prayers follow.


Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that you do not alter the wording in any way, do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction, and you credit the author.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the entities I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

0 Replies to “Upon a Son Deploying for the Second Time”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.