The Deployment

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The Deployment


Standing in formation waiting for the commander to speak,

Rumors were rampant; they had been for a week.

Some were excited while others did fear

About the news of deployment they were about to hear.


One young soldier was dreading the worst,

His wife expecting, this would be their first.

He wants to stay home so he can be with his wife

But this is the military doesnt happen in real life.


The moment of truth finally arrives

Informing the troops to prepare their wives.

A deployment is looming, possibly very soon,

It will involve the entire platoon.


Just then to the young soldier reality does hit,

Away from his world how much worse could it get.

The dangers he would face ; could even die.

On whom would his family then rely?


The stress on this young soldier is immense.

He knows this is his job but now it makes no sense.

At one point in time he was ready and gung ho,

But now with expectant wife its a new show.


Fear and anxiety he will put aside

And with his duty and orders abide.

He is after all an American defender

And to personal fear he will never surrender.


So he holds the tears and fears inside

Informs his wife, of course she cried.

From deep inside they gather their grit

And know that to faith they must commit.


She will pray to GOD to keep him from harm

And bring him home safely to her loving arms.

For his wife and unborn child he will pray

For GOD to protect them while he is away.


This poem is dedicated to all of the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces.  May GOD continue to bless and protect you.  Thank you one and all for the tremendous sacrifice you make to defend us.


ŠKent Fletcher

December 10, 2007

Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He ca be reached at

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