Friday, July 15, 2011

The Blackout

The fear is hard to describe.
The panic of a communication blackout
When they intentionally shut off all communication
So that family can be notified.
So that word doesn't leak out.

You don't get your morning email
The message you always get.
You wait for the Skype call you had planned
But it never rings.
You send emails - desperate emails
That go unanswered. 

With each passing moment 
Your panic increases
You scour the internet for an answer
And hope you find it
At the same time you hope you don't.
You read those four words:
American soldier killed today
The next words list the general location
The same location across the world
That the love of your life lives.

You try to convince yourself that you'd know by now.
Someone would have told you.
You're the first person to be notified
And you've been home all day.
Someone would have come
And told you 
The news.
You would have seen that car by now.
The car that every military wife dreads
The car that you keep looking out the window
Hoping not to see.

There's nothing you can do
To stop the fear
the tears
the nerves
The only thing that would help
Is a phone call from him
An email.
A message.

So you wait.

You just keep waiting.


  1. Oh, hugs, the waiting is the worst. I'm sorry you are going through that.

  2. i hope and pray you hear from him soon!!

  3. (hugs) Im so sorry you are going through this! The waiting is the worst and unbelievably scary. I lived almost every day of his first deployment in fear. I hope you hear from him soon!

  4. I hope you hear from him soon!!

  5. So sorry you went through this. That feeling is the worst. *hugs* to you...

  6. I hope you hear from him asap!

  7. I hope you've heard from your husband by now! I know the feeling all too well!


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