Dedicated to Valentines who could not be together this year.

Betty Jo’s been waiting for nearly three years

Many days of sorrow; some filling eyes with tears.

She receives notes from Billy Joe,

He always says he loves her so.

Although that makes her heart rejoice,

It never does replace his voice.

He’s fighting the war at a Sargent’s command.

That’s not the way they had it planned.

She is happy to have a window view

Not only one, but she has two.

He asked her watch. At the end of the story

He’ll be standing there waving Old Glory.


Friday Fictioneers, a 100 word challenge by Rochelle based on picture prompt. Thank you, Rochelle, for hosting this event. Visit Rochelle’s link to find other submissions to this challenging writing event.

PHOTO PROMPT © Lisa Fox Thanks, Lisa.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. msjadeli says:

    Heartfelt Valentine Day story, Oneta. You are welcome on the photo 🙂

  2. Liz Young says:

    I hope he makes it safely home.

  3. James McEwan says:

    Lovely lines of poetry on a subject that never fades and is an eternal wait for some.

  4. elmowrites says:

    I often think of the ones who wait as well as the ones who go away, so I love your title in particular. I hope they are together soon.

  5. Dear Oneta,

    Sweet poem.



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