With tears streaming down her face
a mother sits staring at a framed picture
of a young man who answered the call
Wondering… Why my son? …Why my son?
A young boy wearing a U.S. Army cap
valiantly tries to fend off a storm of emotion.
Overtaken by grief he succumbs to the pain.
A down pour of tears flood his once innocent face
as he wrestles with the heart wrenching reality
of his mom never returning home.
A tiny little girl pulls on the dress
of a trembling teary eyed lady dressed in black
standing next to a flag draped coffin
Asking… Where’s daddy mommy? …Where’s daddy?
A proud Vietnam War veteran
with tears steadily filling his eyes
and a crippling wound to his heart
shakily stands up on one prosthetic limb
to offer one final salute to his fallen son.
With a hand above his brow he utters the words:
A price to high Semper Fi.