September Mission

September Mission

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written in 12th grade, a poem of teen love/infatuation during a search and rescue mission. Lousy timing!


September Mission


September 29, 1986

The rain and wind
In chilling blasts
Led them to
The mission site.

Ground teams search
And airplanes fly,
Seeking the trail
Of the missing planes.

The teams return
And are relieved;
New crews man
The mission base.

Static scrambles
Radio words
As they attempt
To help the search.

Then the call:
Survivors found!
The mission now
Is all for training.

Then she meets him
In the comm room,
And they speak
As if old friends.

The shadows lengthen,
The day is ending,
And he and she
Are now together.

Then the call comes:
They have found it -
The ground teams race
To the site of ruin.

But no one still
Is at the crash site
So the mission
Is recalled.

She and he
Cling to each other
Fearful lest
It comes to naught.

The teams return
To the base site
And debriefing
Now begins.

Then the Colonel
Thanks the soldiers
For their efforts
For the day.

He and she
Then are parted
As the squadrons
Leave for home.

The rain and wind
In chilling blasts
Led them to
The mission site.

The search succeeded
And all were rescued,
But he and she
Were forever parted.

For Charles S., with love.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 17. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 8, 2017
Last Updated on November 8, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, love, infatuation, crush, romance

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..