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The Night

by

Suzanne Tyson

In the night, I lay and listen to your heavy sleep,

your breathing and sighing, and Iím thankful you are lying next to me.

I feel safe, because you are safe. I feel hopeful because you are home.

The fear has left my life, and I am once again free to feel.



I soothe your shoulder with my hand, so my heart will know

I am not dreaming, so my mind will realize the truth about you,

of you being in our bed again. You are here, I want to scream.

Breathing and sighing, lying next to me. It is true!



Our years together and our time apart has brought me

to this moment, to the knowledge I am more than just a wife

to you, or a partner in this life. The miles of land and sea,

the trials have strengthened our bond while others grew weak.



The war is over they tell me, and you are once again mine.

You will always be a soldier in your heart, but for tonight

you are mine, breathing, thank God!, and sighing. No more crying

in this bed. Home. Safe. With me. I too can breathe and sigh and sleep.

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