By her own admission she had been naïve
newly married – very new
honeymoon over literally
the fulfillment of courtship
in their own home
except it wasn’t,
the landlord and her husband’s employer unitary – the Army.
Still, no complaints
dirt cheap $11 per week in the 1980’s.
That’s the Army she said
not a round $5, $10 or even $20
deducted from pay – no pain.
exercises – whatever
tomorrow – back the following Friday.
The first time coming home
something to be celebrated
a special meal – full trimmings.
No one knew.
A call to the battalion office – polite, extra polite,
could they please indicate a rough time.
they could tell her exactly.
“ He will be home when he arrives, and not before.”