The following is a poem I wrote in honor of all the spouses who survive the difficulties of loving a Coastie.
The Other WomaN
By Katherine Hoffman
Reprinted By Permission
He comes and goes at such odd times
this man I love so much.
I know there's someone else out there
whose life he must go touch.
Sometimes for days or even weeks
he has to go away.
And when he's home we never know
how long he's going to stay.
I used to cry near every night
but now my tears are dried.
Despite our painful lifestyle
my heart is filled with pride.
And I will be his mistress
though we're sharing just one life.
We may be married by the law
but the Coast Guard is his wife.
Katherine "Kat" Hoffman is a student who is a friend of the Coast Guard. She has a website The Random World of Kat and her poem is worthy of further distribution - Jack
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