Loving A Sailor

by: Capt "O.W. Wright, USN
"O.W." joined the Navy in 1965 - went to boot camp in San Diego, jungle warfare training school, boatswainmate, Vietnam until 1970 on PBRs - the brown water navy. He is now the CO of RTC Great Lakes
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It's being alone with nothing to hold;
Loving a sailor is a high price to pay,
Loving him truly is hard when he's away.
It's being young, but feeling so old;
It's having him whisper his love for you;
It's whispering back that you love him too.
There comes a kiss and a promise for more,
As his ship slowly glides away from the shore;
Reluctantly, painfully, letting him go,
While your insides are dying from wanting him so,
Watching him leave with eyes full of tears,
Standing alone with your hopes, dreams and fears.
It's sending a letter with the stamp upside down,
To a far away love in a far away town.
It's going to church to kneel and pray,
And really meaning the things you say.
Being in love will foster your dreams,
Of that far away sailor your mind fairly beams.
Days go by, no mail for a spell,
You wait for some word to hear that he's well.
Then a letter arrives, and you've given in,
To open his letter and read it with a grin,
Yes, he is well and misses you so,
And filled with the love you wanted to know.
Weeks are like months and months are like years,
You wait for the day when you'll have no more fears.
Days go by slowly, how many have passed.
Yes, loving a sailor brings bitterness and fears,
Loneliness, sadness and despondent years.
Loving a sailor isn't much fun,
But it's worth the price when the battle is won;
And remember he is thinking of you everyday,
He's sad and he's lonely while so far away;
So love him and miss him and hold your head high,
Be strong and have faith,
Wipe that tear from your eye.
Your man's a seafarer,
Like that old ancient trader,
It's a high price you pay for Loving A Sailor.

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