A Soldier’s Goodbye

by: Melanie McConathy

Across the Margin is proud to present Melanie’s McConathy’s “A Soldier’s Goodbye”…

 

When I leave, I will leave in springtime,
So that you will have flowers to spring up
In the footprints
To bloom in your heart
As if there never was an absence
As if we never were apart

Winter lasts so long and insulated we become
To wild and frosty winds, lingering long on lips and mood
Forgetful of the springtime, when ice breaks and warm winds blow from the south anew
Return the spring! Sweet gypsy of change
Return the girl that you once knew

When I leave, I will leave in springtime
When cherry trees blossom and tulips awaken
So you are filled with the kiss of spring
New promises
To bloom in your heart
As if there never were an absence,
As if we never had to part

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