I Wanted to be There

Please understand why I wasn't there
when you came back from the Viet Nam war...
I wanted to be there more than anything,
except,we'd never met before.

I wanted to write and send cookies,
hoping it might help in some way.
Even though I still hadn't met you,
I felt a need to brighten your day.

At first, I believed it would be over soon...
it couldn't last more than a couple of years.
I was wrong...it lasted forever...
I've still found no end to my tears.

Will you forgive me for not being there
when you came from Viet Nam to the States?
I wanted to be there more than anything,
had it not been for something called fate.


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