Lucky To Stand In the Middle of Capitol Circle

Lucky To Stand In the Middle of Capitol Circle

I know I’m a bit late, but a few weeks ago Americans everywhere celebrated Memorial Day.  We sometimes forget while we’re enjoying our three day weekend that there are brave men and women who make daily sacrifices so that we may attend BBQs, the beaches or lakes to take in the sun and splash around in the waters, while they are protecting our nation.  Let’s never forget we owe them our freedom.

 I had the opportunity to welcome my daughter back from Iraq after her tour of duty.  God watched over her while she was there and I thank Him everyday for her safe return.  The day she came home, I went to Tallahassee to greet her and her unit.  It was an emotional day and a day I will forever remember.  A year long struggle with daily fears came to an end.  I wrote a poem about that day and I would like to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy it.  And as you read it, say a prayer for all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters who weren’t lucky enough to stand in the middle of Capitol Circle.

Jessica this is for you,

With Love and Pride!

 

Standing in the Middle of Capitol Circle

 

There I was standing in the middle of Capitol Circle

In its coal, black splendor.

Standing beside strangers,

In all shapes and sizes,

With a common goal,

To welcome home our loved ones

From a hot, dry distant land.

 

Thanks to the unforgiving sun,

Sweat played peek-a-boo,

Popping out on my forehead,

Holding my too-long thick hair hostage around my neck

And sneaking down my back in long tickling steams.

But even this misbehavior couldn’t dampen my joy,

Standing in the middle of Capitol Circle.

 

I carried my Red, White and Blue pride for all to see,

Catching cold, curious stares from motorists

Going who knows where.

The police halted traffic in the north bound lane,

To allow the patriotic pedestrians room,

To wave their flags, to throw their kisses,

To raise their voices and cheer,

Watching for the chartered chariots

To roll down Capitol Circle.

 

There I was standing in the middle of Capitol Circle,

Aching to wrap my arms around you,

To kiss your freckled cheeks,

To look into to your sweet brown eyes,

Wanting to hug you so tight we’d feel like one.

 

The tears were hiding behind my eyes,

Waiting for their cue,

Waiting for their first glimpse of you.

But I could not see you through the smoky, gray glass,

As the caravan drove past,

But I stood there anyway,

Waving and crying,

In the middle of Capitol Circle.

 

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  1. Jessica Hill June 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much mom for writing such a heartfelt poem. It was truly beautiful and such an honor to read. I remember that day clearly. I was holding back the tears as well behind my slight chuckle when I saw you jumping up and down on the side of the highway and waving as you saw the busses. You looked like a little kid and it was so cute! It was probably one of the best days of my life! Thank you for being such a great Mom. I love you!!!!!!

    • Tami June 11, 2012 at 7:25 am - Reply

      I’d stand in the middle of the busiest road in the world to be with you. I am so proud of you and I am so very lucky to have you as my daughter. Love you always, Mom.

  2. becca puglisi July 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    This is a beautiful poem. I’m so thankful to both your daughter, and you, to the men and women who serves in our military, and the families who give them up so they can serve.

    • Tami July 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Becca. It was such a memorable and emotional day and I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. My daughter is still serving, luckily she’s home. Not sure I could handle another deployment. I am very proud of her and I thank God for her and all the other brave men and women who serve. She will appreciate you comment too. Have a great day!

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