Kiss the Girls

Kiss the Girls

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers
"

...a reflection of war

"

Kiss the Girls

 

 

He was calling from Afghanistan,

his second tour of duty.
They spoke in a universal shorthand
mostly about the house,
how much the oldest had his chin
and how the twins were beginning to crawl.

The last words she recalls from him
was ''I’m alright…”

 

 

“…kiss the girls”.





© 2018 Kelly Scheppers


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Soft tears of empathy well-up from the sheer sweet sadness emanating from your skillfully selected and placed words and the forlorn and lonely picture, Kelly … you touched my heart, and almost broke it with your final line.
If you've a mind to, there is a wee one on my pages about war you might find touching, too.
"I Prayed" http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/RichardJ/1634830/

Thank you, Dear Kelly … you are precious and beyond! 〜 Richard

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

I am deeply touched you enjoyed this, as it is indeed, very special. Thank you, Richard!
Richard 🍃

5 Years Ago

A pleasure, Kelly! : )
beautifully sad Kelly, you tell a masterful story and give enough to let us see the sadness of its ending without the need for explanation, great writing :)

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

The subject of the matter touches me as much as it does my reader...thank you, Richard!
Sad poem and it must also be hard to leave your family behind. I would not be so strong. Thank you for sharing this excellent poem, Kelly. :) Rudi

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

San Diego is a big naval town, and deploys many men and women to service for months at a time. The .. read more
Rudi J.P. Lejaeghere

5 Years Ago

My pleasure, Kelly. :) Rudi
I do understand this poem. I left the service after 14 years to be able to see my kids. The military is cool for the single people. Soldiers can miss their kids growing-up. Thank you dear Kelly for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Many thanks to you, as well, John!
Coyote Poetry

5 Years Ago

You are welcome Kelly.
It's so beautiful and tragic! And, sadly, it is based in truth. Superb piece :D

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

I get chills whenever I read over it. Thank you, Kelsey!
So emotive, your writing always places me in that situation, heartfelt and saddening, in many ways :)

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Hearing from you always restores a smile from within...thank you, Poppy.
Power stuff Kelly! Emotionally explosive and scary!

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

It is a little scary, knowing how often it plays out. You are so kind to review...thank you my frie.. read more
andrew mitchell

5 Years Ago

ITS My pleasure reviewing your fine work of art!
A very touching poem which speaks of intense emotions. Thanks for sharing :)

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Thank you for your review, Chirag!
dear Kelly... The essence of war can be like
feathers blowing in the wind....
all the intimacies shared... snuffed out
before their time.... You have captured
the loss in a sweet but sad reflection of
family left with memories mirrored across
the miles. truly, Pat

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

I like to post something every now and then to honor our men and women for their service and sacrifi.. read more
Patricia Wedel

5 Years Ago

So true Kelly... We are forever in their embrace.. truly, Pat
A beautiful reflection of reality in an unreal situation. Not speaking of where, or the danger, but the littlest things that matte most. Both sides silent in fear of what might be, stick to the comforts of what they miss most.
A beautiful moment captured here. Thank you for sharing.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Years Ago

Your insight gives me cause to be proud of what I've written. Often times I feel most fortunate whe.. read more
alifeacoustic

5 Years Ago

You're very welcome.

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Added on September 11, 2015
Last Updated on April 23, 2018
Tags: war, loss, family, love

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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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