Dog Tags and Cigarettes

by Hannah Lizette   Jun 2, 2012


Reminiscing on our love,
I recall the day you came home,
anticipation rising as the clock ticks,
impatiently waiting for you to swing open the door.

Phone calls and letters just weren't the same,
I needed your warm body to hold me at night,
three long years have passed,
each day dragged like a sleepless night.

I heard the latch on the door,
you dropped your bags and sighed "Baby, I'm home"
I almost tripped over my own feet trying to get to you,
tackling you with tears of joy streaming down my face.

It's like we were teenage lovers again,
in the backseat of your daddy's car,
they say distance makes the heart grow fonder,
oh, we proved them right that night.

We laughed, cried, and caressed each other before dawn,
I remember thinking the simple things I missed most,
like seeing you walk in nothing but your dog tags
and a cigarette hanging from your lips.

Copyright 2012: Hannah K.

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  • 5 years ago

    by BlueJay

    I know that this is one of your "older" pieces but i bookmarked it and never commented, so despite all the comments this piece already has here I go lol:

    The way you wrote this switching from past to present tense was great and very well done. I love the simplistic nature of the images here and how you used cliche' ideas in a personalized way without making them feel quite so cliche'. The tone here is lovely and perfectly penned. There is a wonderful story here and the last two lines were especially well done.

    Great write.

  • 8 years ago

    by Irma Benavides

    Great poem

  • 8 years ago

    by hayet serenade

    Nice poem i really like it carry on

  • 8 years ago

    by DirgeVenustas

    Boyfriend in the war kinda vibe. i did this. shows what the women go through. this was by far one of my favorites i have read on this site in a long time. this was stunning. i kinda hope this is a true story haha.

  • 8 years ago

    by Omar

    Beautiful work :)

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