For She Was A Soldier’s wife

by Hansini

“When will dad come?”..-her daughter asked,

in a tone so sad,that it made her cry.

She answered “he ll be back soon princess”

For what else could she have told to the 5 year old,

Whose father was on the battleground..

Dusting her husband’s photograph,

She was wondering what he must be doing at the time..

He was to return in 2 days,

The thought of being with him again,made her smile ..

She remembered the day when he left..exactly 2months from today..

He had told her how critical things were.

How important it was to take back what was theirs..

She remembered

How all sorts of thoughts came to her mind

when would he come back?..

……………………………..would he come back ?..”

and how as if he could read her mind,

He held her hand and told her he ll b back..

She had to b brave ..for she was a soldier’s wife..

And then the phone rang..

She looked at the clock..it was exactly 11..

It had to be his call..

For they were allowed to call only between eleven to one..

Exactly fifteen minutes allotted to each officer..

She ran to the phone….

Hello”..

What she heard from the other line..changed her entire life,

It was not her husband..

It was the Commanding Officer…

The words kept repeating in her mind…like they would never stop…

ma’am your husband was shot dead last night….we are so sorry”..

The rest of the words didn’t register…..

The receiver still in her hand…eyes brimming with tears..

A thousand images in her mind…

How would she tell her daughter- her father no more…

Whom would she run to?..

How would she answer her daughter??..

…………………..

She stood there..like a body with no life..

He was the love of her life..

………blank…………………………

Life suddenly seemed so dark…

The truth-too hard to face….

But she had to b brave…

for she was a soldier’s wife..!!

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