November in Sepia

Cadence Of Her Last Breath by MoodyBlue on DeviantArt

The picture hangs in sepia,
there’s you and November
frozen in my mind.

I couldn’t cross the oceans
not then, not now,

Afghanistan was long ago
Kuwait would follow,
time blew you all over

the map.

Distant and dangerous
the Army and November.
Branches that stretch,

branches that separate
the leaves blow away.

But, Thanksgiving for all soldiers
who fly safely home and stay.

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub – November Poetics, hosted by Sanaa Rizvi. 
November brings memories of my husband’s deployments after 9/11


31 thoughts on “November in Sepia

  1. This is achingly beautiful, Tricia! ๐Ÿ’ I especially love; “Branches that stretch,
    branches that separate the leaves blow away,” it describes the complexity of the emotions which are felt so well. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. And there have been too many for too many years who never made it back for Thanksgiving — I feel the sense of loss here, heartache, despair, and a little hope.

    • It is true, unfortunately. I feel lucky I never had to endure what some of my fellow army wives have during past wars. My husband is reserves now and could retire soon but still has it in his heart to stay. He will be 52! 21 years of marriage seems so long and short too.

  3. no idea how army wives do it but fortunately you’ve both survived! Your poem clearly demonstrates the wait the angst the unknown … doubt those serving really understand what their loved ones feel ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    But thanks for his service ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for your thoughts โฃ๏ธ I don’t think I could do it again, I tell him not to expect me to at least, haha! I’m not the best at long separations. But you do what you must in life.

      • Well he’s had knee surgery this year so I think his knees are in agreement with me. He will protect the home front here ๐Ÿ˜Š let’s just pray it stays peaceful over the next month!

      • I hope not! Yes, live in Missouri. I have mixed feelings on all of it. I don’t think there will actually be bad riots if people believe the election is fair. We will see how it goes.

      • well he is already stirring the pot, claiming it’s a court case, rigged etc … it’s only about HIM nothing to do with the country he’s trashed …

      • I think they will go to the Supreme Court over Pennsylvania. Ultimately, I think Trump will win but I could be wrong. I do not approve of his immature ways but I didn’t want Biden either. I don’t want the country locked down. I think a third party is needed. Nothing gets done now. It’s always about choosing the lesser evil at the polls. But I have faith God has a plan.

      • and sometimes his plan is to do nothing if people aren’t prepared to help themselves … doubt it will go well either way, take care ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Thanks for the comment! He hasn’t been on long overseas deployments for many years now as he is now on reserve status. It was very scary after 9/11 for a while because he was gone a lot then. November does seem to be a favorite month for Army deployment.

  4. Love this: “branches that separate/the leaves blow away” – To me this captures wonderfully the suddenness and terror at the fragility of life

  5. First rate poem, Tricia. How you paralleled the month and the memories of the sepia tones with your husband and his military obligations and had them traveling throughout the lines. Coming from a family that has had many in the military those leaves for the holidays really hit a chord with me.

    • Thanks, Grace! We missed Thanksgiving together after 9/11 but the next one was more special. I always love seeing videos of the soldiers surprising their families coming home early for holidays!

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