Randy E. Richmond
TO THOSE WHO BRAVED THE STORM
This war that started only days ago has already brought some tears
From moms and wives and those of us whose minds are full of fears.
They tell us things are going well and according to the plan.
And we hope that news continues when it really hits the fan.
We’d like to send you all a message from your brothers and your dads.
That since we can’t be with you there, in spirit we’re comrades.
Our president has promised us that your hands would not be tied.
Unlike the war some years ago, now this country swells with pride.
I wish that you could see the ribbons of red and white and blue.
And the yellow ones that adorn the homes of most every one of you!
You have our confidence and our support along with our concern.
Now we can but wait and pray for your quick and safe return.
Remember, war is unpredictable, without reason or a rhyme.
So keep your heads down when you must and your chins up all the time!
When next you touch this nation’s shores… no longer boys and girls,
It will be to cheers and many thanks that you helped freedom’s flag unfurl!
©Copyright January 27, 1991 by Randy E. Richmond
Author’s Note: I wrote this shortly after the air war started in January 1991. My son Tracy was there and for me, it was a nightmare coupled with helplessness, a first for me. Anyway… for him and for the Desert Storm Veterans