We said goodbye that day
you were headed off to war
and being the child that I am, I didn't know what for
the people came to take you, away from all of us.
there was fear in your eyes and sadness too,
i fought but that wasn't enough to keep you,
i turned away, and imagine my surprise,
when you hugged me in your arms, and my screams turned into cries.
They dragged you away in the back of a truck,
you holding my necklace and praying for luck,
you have to come back! I shouted at you,
you smiled and nodded and waved like you always do.
we wrote to you, but you never wrote back,
we asked for info we never received,
i thought of all the promises we made
and how innocence breaks so easily.
we waited for a white letter to tell us you were gone,
waited for your letters to tell us what was wrong
and into the second year, I gave up hope,
and turned away, tripping to cope.
three years you were gone, you never came back,
until one day at school,
hey sis, was all you said, but I jumped in your arms,
and cried, never doubt you, I was a fool.
you stroked my hair, and patted my back,
and talked, and laughed, and cried,
i knew my big brother had returned,
but I wanted to know why?
so we talked a long time,
day faded to night, I was sorry we had fought so long before,
before I fell asleep, him by my side 4 words,
i love you and nevermore.