All of a sudden they were kissing everywhere
In almost every public space.
All at once there was no time to spare
it was hard to keep up the pace.
It was a time when love was very intense
and lasted just long enough
avoiding all trace of social pretence
when she found herself up the duff.
One kiss was fatal when a guy was on leave
Young girls became easy prey.
They wanted more than anything to believe
there would be a wedding day
before he went off to kill or be killed
they wanted so much be wives.
Since birth the idea had been instilled
this was all they could do with their lives.
For the soldier no matter what his intent
he knew he had to fight.
Maybe soon his young life would be spent
and this could be his last night.
So whether a kiss was prelude to going all the way
or simply a long and tender goodbye
it was the memory and promise of a new day
which meant most to those left behind.
© Renee Dallow 22/4/2013
( Hybiscus Bloom )