And so it was his past caught up
a dread for many years
it was time to face reality
and belay his darkest fears.
A time to face a painful truth
he’d never known this child
he’d left when he was just hours old
and the loss had made him wild.
A soldier he’d been sent abroad
to fight for others’ errors
and in the deepness of his mind
he remembered years of terrors.
They’d captured him and half his men
his captain they had killed
and made the rest including him
dig the grave and get it filled.
When he came home he was a wreck
who drank himself to sleep
and though he had had several jobs
they were impossible to keep.
He later found his faith again
and now he has a certain peace
but the fear of meeting his son at last
was filling him with unease.
He wonders if he’ll understand
and how it will work out
but the boy had come and sought him
now he waited full of doubt……..
©Joe Wilson – His regret 2014