USS Abraham Lincoln
on a piece of paper is what I have in my hand.
Words from my child..."I'm going to a strange land.
I'm Government property now, have to serve my
"Mom, I'm scared, I could die...
Is it so wrong that I ask why?
Mama, it was not supposed to be this way.
Mom, please don't forget to pray."
Ink on a piece of paper in my hand...
They just bombed a ship in that strange land.
Some died, some injured, some missing...presumed dead.
I see the map; I see where my child is going...
I have to put my trust in my Heavenly Father
for He is all knowing.
"Dear Lord, keep her safe, build her Faith,
bring her home alive.
Lord, I had a daughter.. who could know that
she would go to another land?
Lord, help me through this, help me to stand..."
My Flag & Yellow Ribbon come out once again...
Until all this fighting comes to an end.
With a prayer in my heart and tears in my eyes...
Please watch over my baby...don't let her die...
"Lord, I turn to Your Face and reach for Your Hand,
as I pray for my daughter in another land."
Written by Jo Fanning ©10/13/2000
Dedicated to my daughter, Shawna
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MACM, USN, Ret.
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