I do not wear a uniform
nor do I guard the border
I do not scale mountains tall
or belong to any cadre
I do not brave the weather , rough
or follow orders from above
I do not endure conditions tough
or toil to earn the nation’s love
I do not miss being there at home
in the comfort of my tender hearth
I do not need to face the storm
yet stay motivated and strong at heart
I need not face the bullets
or see my fellow men die
I need not be indifferent to deaths
or regret not saying a goodbye
Because I am not a soldier
but , his humble half
Who awaits his sturdy shoulder
to rest my head on , and share a good laugh …
Oh my soldier I know….;
before I married you…
never did you stoop so low;
as to keep me in the dark…
about the nature of the trade ;
you had chosen to embark…
And oh my soldier i know…
you let me know you desired;
not an ornamental wife…
but one who wouldn’t get tired;
of your life of struggle and strife ….
You assured me ,
you weren’t looking for;
a vermilion smeared head …
or hands that served tea ;
early morning in your bed…..
But you did,for sure,inform me,
whom you were looking for…
a brave yet simple lady ;
who could ‘weather any storm’ ….
Oh..my soldier I know ;
you said ,life isn’t going to be a soft bed of roses…
on which to lie and doze;
it will have its share of hardships…
separation from spouse or long distant trips !!!
Now that I am wedded to you ,my soldier;
and have entered this life…
I shall try even harder ;
and prove to be a good wife…
But my soldier, I wonder why ;
you hid from me ,the perks, of being a soldiers wife….
oh my soldier,I wonder why…
you didn’t tell me about the exciting social life..??
Perhaps you wanted me to ..
on my own discover;
the warm and tender evenings…
that we would spend together.
Though you warned me about the ‘separation’…
you forgot to tell me I think ;
of the excitement and jubilation…
at every new meeting…
You forgot I think to mention ;
all the fun things we would do….
of the places we would travel ;
and the friends we would make too….
You also neglected to tell me;
the things i would learn….
about fashion and housekeeping ;
and the opportunities i will earn….
So,my soldier you know…
it is not a bad bargain,after all ;
While i get ,so much more to learn…
and give so little in return.