“My thoughts on tonight”
Raindrops pattering on the tentage
Thunder rumbling up above,
Weary soldiers deep in slumber
Dreaming of the things they love.
Whispering winds out in the jungle
Sound a note of sweet refrain
With my thoughts a soul companion,
Thoughts of home and peace again.
Far beyond the dark horizon
Lies the homeland that I love.
Filled with grandeur, endless beauty,
Richest blessings from above.
It is there my thoughts are always
Thoughts of mother, father, home.
And a love that is unending,
Fill their hearts while I am gone.
I can see them in their sorrow
Humbly bowed in fervent prayer.
Praying while I’m in the battle
“God protect him over there”.
A vacant chair before the fireside
Tells the story of their pain.
Longing faces at the window,
Awaiting my return again.
Then when freedom spans the nations
Horrors of the war are gone,
Should good fortune smile upon me,
Then I’ll wind my way back home.
Grant this wish, we pray Our Father,
That the war will soon be o’er.
Take me to my loved ones waiting,
Let us live in peace once more.
Roger Sherrill lives in Ringgold. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 706-937-3918