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Daddy's Home
by Butch Howard

Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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For 2nd Lt. James Cathey, Katherine and their unborn child.

The plane touches down from a land far away.
A flag draped coffin in the cargo bay.
Handled with more than loving care,
Six of his brothers in arms are there.

Waiting nearby, his young wife feels
The new life inside her turn.
She never wanted a reunion like this.
Her young heart now broken and churned.

In his letter he said he would be home soon.
Their baby was due by the first New Year's moon.
What a beautiful time it was going to be.
Their family of two was about to be three.

As his body lay in state upon the funeral bier,
She asked to spend this last night with him there.
The Marines made a bed for her right next to him.
She played some music, his favorite hymns.

A young Marine stands watch over his fallen brother.
An unborn child waits in the womb of his mother.
In the church where they married, a short time ago,
Mother, child and the father he will never know.

The men who serve their country with honor
And face death every day for years,
Are not alone in their suffering and pain.
Their families will pay with a lifetime of tears.

April 10, 2006




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Reviewed by Donna Lynch 8/2/2007
Very touching-hits the soul-very well written, Butch Howard.
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 6/14/2007
Butch this is outstanding! excellent honor for 2nd Lt. James Cathey, Katherine and their child
...such an emotional impact this poem has...the reality of war hits hard, right smack in the heart! So sad...
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 5/21/2007
I am revisiting this piece and am as moved now as I was the first time I was priveleged to read it, Butch. I am so touched and deeply saddened by the timeliness and how it relates to those I know who have loved ones serving in honor and those who share the grief of this young wife for her slain husband. Once again, you do not hesitate to share with your readers your concerns for the world and our own country in particularly , and how sincerely you are moved by them. I am painfully reminded of how precious time really is when a lifetime can end in one day.


Reviewed by E. Richardson 5/13/2007
outstanding work here, my friend.
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 5/12/2007
Thankyou for this poem. My son is in the army, and I am very proud of his love for his country and manknd.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/12/2007
What a beautiful write my dear friend, very moving and touching. Such a sad write as well, the final stanza is very powerful! You've expressed it well my friend!
Blessings as always,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 5/11/2007
I saw this sometime a few months ago and it sure gripped me totally. The loss and dedication is obvious and I wanted to cry. Your words have, certainly, made this an immortal part of every heart with compassion for the bravery of our Patriots.

Very well expressed and your heart is where mine is with your pen.

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 5/11/2007
Honoring the womb to the tomb, Butch, this poem portrays the life-death-rebirth cycle...patriotism orphans an unborn child in the spoils of well, Butch...Blessed Be.

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 5/11/2007

Your beautiful expression of genuine love and compassion, should be framed, and given to the honorable 2nd Lt. James Cathey's widow, Katherine, and their a precious Gift of Remembrance.

God bless you, Butch. And God bless our Troops and Allies.
Love, Rhonda

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/10/2007
The men who serve their country with honor
And face death every day for years,
Are not alone in their suffering and pain.
Their families will pay with a lifetime of tears.

How horrifically true, Butch, and my thoughts and prayers are with this family, and all the families of our heroic fallen.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/9/2007
Bless and support all our troops. Each deserves so much more. All who have sworn an oath, yet families shattered for life. So very sad, yet so very true. Thank you for sharing this.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 5/9/2007
This brings back the memory of seven young husbands, sons, and brothes killed one January day in 2005. They were members of my son-in-law's unit deployed in Iraq and one was his best friend... I wipe tears as I read your tribute...)
Your friend,
Reviewed by Katherine Chandler 5/9/2007
The picture says it all and what a moving picture it is. Your tribute to this fallen soldier moved me to tears, Butch. You write from a loving heart and it shows in everything you pen, my friend. This poem was no exception. Love, Kate
Reviewed by D Johnson 5/9/2007
So sad, so very sad...I was touched to tears.


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