I wrote this for my boyfriend for when he graduates from bootcamp:
I'll always remember the day
The day, you said you had to go away.
I sat up the whole night crying,
I couldn't imagine you leaving; I thought you must be lying.
But I remember more the horror in my eyes
On the days we had to say goodbye,
And the sadness in my heart,
Knowing we would be so far apart.
The blank stare on my face when people asked me if I was okay,
I said yeah I'm fine, it's just another day.
See the days seem to blend when you're so far away
And all I can think of is your smile and pray you're okay.
Then the letters started coming,
So few and far between,
I read them thousands of times,
Deciphering every word and what they mean.
You wrote I love you and how you miss me so,
I counted down the days and always let you know.
Then one day the letters changed, I could tell by your writing,
You we're no longer a boy, but a man ready for fighting.
Only 37 more days left, I thought as I held the letter to my chest,
I couldn't wait to see you and who you've become,
Because although you're so far away I'm convinced our hearts beat as one.
And I'm going to always sit too close,
almost closer than you can could bear.
You probably won't understand why I just want
to breathe in your exhaled air.
And I'll never take one moment with you for granted,
I'll cherish every hug and every kiss,
Because when you are so far away that is what I miss.
I'll memorize your voice and always recognize your smell,
The one that holds my heart, the one I know so well.
But what you should always remember is what I'd do for you,
It's my wish for you that I hope always comes true,
My greatest satisfaction would be to take pains place;
that every time pain enters your life, it would be erased and you would only see my face.
I would suffer through anything, so long as you would be fine.
That nothing could ever harm you; that is this wish of mine.
I would sacrifice my senses, even my entire sight
if I knew that only sweet dreams would come to you each night.
Some may say I'm crazy because of what I say,
But they don't understand, they've never felt this way.
They don't know how I long to simply feel your heart beat,
or the way I worship the ground that is graced by your feet.
It amazes me how you have truly changed my life
so much that I know I want to someday be your wife.
You may never know the incredible depth of my love,
but everyday I will try and show you what it is truly made of.
It's a mixture of respect, also passion and learned lessons.
It is constant, and it is growing. It is far beyond obsession.
It is gratitude and thanks for all that you have shown me,
and it is an obligation to become all that you know I can be.
But most of all it is the faith, I hold deep inside my heart
that you will know this love is with you even when we're far apart.
For I know the Marines are more than brothers,
You all share the same story,
Boys who became men and strived for honor and glory.
I just hope you always remember the girl you left behind,
The one who never questioned whether to stand by your side.
And I pray that as a Marine, whose biggest commitment is standing by,
That you will always think of me when you remember "Semper Fi"
For I am always faithful, and I am always strong,
To ensure your happiness is what keeps me going all day long.
For you are my hero, in ways words simply couldn't say,
And I promise to stand by you through every single day.