A couple young and carefree
Had just become engaged
When he was drafted into the army
To fight where a world war raged

He wanted to set a wedding date
So they could marry before he departed
But she was afraid he wouldn't return
And leave her widowed and brokenhearted

The night before he had to sail
He wanted something to remember her by
And tried to force her against her will
She slapped him hard and started to cry

Sending him away with unkind words
She gave him back the diamond ring
He went off to fight for his country
Feeling he had lost everything

Two years later, he returned unharmed
Wanting to see her, she always refused
Her heart still hardened over what he'd done
And felt his conduct could not be excused

He continued the pursuit but to no avail
Such a heavy load of guilt he carried
Then one day she heard the news
That her former beau had married

Fifty years passed and he was confined
To a wheelchair in a nursing home
Often speaking fondly of his only true love
Inviting her, but she never would come

After a life as a spinster, she died in her sleep
When they told him, tears ran down his face
Still thinking of the life they could have had
He passed away still loving his Grace

Kathleen McCoy EldridgeŠ
June 21, 2007
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