Was It All A Dream?

Was It All A Dream?

The waves crash on the beach

Pulling me out of a much needed sleep.

The bed we shared the days  before

Was still warm where you laid next to me…

I reach out only to find empty space.

No sign of your sleeping face.

Eyes closed tight

Fighting the tears.

Remembering the same goodbye

Said so often through the years.

Clinging to each other

In the hours before you leave.

Hearts pounding together:

Touching kissing, committing all to memory.

Fighting the urge to just let you go.

Was it all a dream?

Promises made once again

To come home safe to me.

Smiles on our faces

Don’t make it to our eyes.

One last embrace.

One last kiss.

Hearts reaching out for one last plea.

The friendship, the love,

The soul wrenching goodbyes.

Was it all a dream?

Wrapped in one of your shirts

Still smelling of you.

Walking along the shore

The salty mist coats my skin.

On the horizon a distant ship

Starts to come into view.

And as always this is how

My journey without you begins.

Was it all a dream?

©Tammy Dennings Maggy

3/30/2011

7:20pm

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2 thoughts on “Was It All A Dream?

  1. This is a beautiful poem. It is very sad but very beautiful.

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    • Thank you! When I first wrote it, I was not thinking of it as a loved one lost, but more that they were going to be gone once again and the woman had to go through her day to day life once again alone. That is until he returned once again. It was two dear friends, both in the military, who pointed out that they thought the man died. It’s something all military couple fear with each deployment. I like that people read it and see what they will.

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