a model for military wives
and was into his sixth day of overtime
when an angel appeared.
a lot of trouble with this one
what’s wrong with the standard model?”
“Have you seen the specs of this order?
She has to be completely independent,
possess the qualities of both mother and father,
be a perfect hostess for four to forty
with an hour’s notice, run on black coffee
handle every imaginable way without a manual,
be able to carry on cheerfully
even if she is pregnant and has the flu,
and she must have six pair of hands.”
“Six pair of hands? No way!”
we will make other military wives to help her
and we will give her an unusually strong heart
so it can swell with pride
in husbands achievements,
sustain the pain of separation
beat soundly when it is overworked and tired
and be large enough to say
“I understand” when she doesn’t
and “I love you” regardless.
“Go to bed and get some rest,
You can finish this tomorrow”
I’m so close to creating something unique.
Already this model heals herself when she is sick
can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend
wave good-bye to her husband from a pier,
a runway or depot and understand
why it’s important the he leave.
looked at it closely and sighed
“It looks fine, but it’s too soft”
“but she has the strength of a lion
you would not believe what she can endure”
across the cheek of the Lord’s creation
“There’s a leak,” she announced
“Something is wrong with the construction
I’m not surprised that it has cracked.
“You are trying to put too much into this model”
at the angel’s lack of confidence.
“What you see is not a leak,” he said,
“It’s a tear”
disappointment, loneliness, pride and dedication
to all the values that she
and her husband hold dear.”