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Soldier Girl

Those Army boots look too big for you,

But then again, I have always thought that.

With your big blues eyes just visible from under your Officer's hat.

Joining up was all you ever wanted to do,

I knew it all along.

'Soldiers' being our favourite game-of course we would always win in our regiment of two.

But now you are away fighting for real,

While I am at home, tackling the tears which threaten to fall

Battling boredom and fear.

Facing long gloomy days because my pal is not here-

Wearing a groove in the lino from pacing up and down,

Praying we all make it through this-somehow

My favourite past time has become crossing off the days with a big red pen

Until the day the best friends are reunited again.

How exciting to think that soon you will be home on leave-back on these shores-

When we can have big hugs and enjoy happy days once more

And I can tell everyone we meet how proud I am

Of my daughter-

My brave soldier girl!

Holly Kernott
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