Early on in this writer's military career, he's already experienced a number of TDYs (Temporary Duty Assignments) and deployments all of which would take him away from his new & young family. This poem is a contribution to the sacrifices that Military spouses go through day in and day out. Freedom is anything but free. Those men and women & their families of the Armed Forces are deserving of so much more. This poem is my modest attempt at recognizing the undaunting task those families go through.
1st published in 1994; Shorelines: University of North Dakota, Lake Region; Vol II, 1994
Collect this poem to keep all those brave men and women (and their families) in your memories.