I Remember (Safe and Sound)
I remember every day
She looked out the window
Waiting for you to come home
From your turn at being brave,
And I stood idly by and watched her child's hands
Pressed to the glass,
She waiting for the best and I,
Waiting for the worst.
I remember the way we told the postman,
And the grocer,
And the neighbors
To come knock at the back door when they came.
It's what you told us to do,
So if ever unexpected news came knocking,
It would knock at the front.
I remember the rain on the window panes,
Falling like the bombs in foreign lands,
Alongside fingerprints and dust,
As the doorbell rang late that night,
And it rang at the front.
I, cold and afraid, had to open it
While she stumbled out of her room,
Clinging to her teddy bear
I remember the rain falling hard
And her tears and her sobs,
Indisdinguishable from my own as we stood there,
Held in your arms,
Finally, safe and sound.