By Gia, age 17, Florida
Hey soldier, can you put down your gun and sit with me?
Tell me about how much you love your family and your country.
How every day you put on that army get up, you feel proud.
Hey soldier, tell me about her.
The one from home,
who makes you light up as you say her name.
Is she gorgeous? All you ever dreamed of?
Do you love her?
We'll joke about trivial things,
say how good I'd look in that outfit.
Show me the battle scars but you won't flinch.
Hey soldier, are you scared?
To face terror in the dead of night?
Look me in the eye and say you aren't.
I'll miss you soldier,
the little things; your laugh or the way you never gave up.
Don't leave yet soldier,
not before I put my arms around you and say I'm sorry for never trying.
Editor's Note: Gia sent along this message with her poem, which I'm happy to share:
This poem that I wrote has a very special place in my heart. It's written for my friend who is a soldier in the United States Army. I've become very inspired by him and have written a few things for him. At the end of this poem can you please put this website, www.letssaythanks.com, which is a website that sends cards to soldiers overseas.