The camping trips,
even the recent ones.

Seeing my father,
leaving from home,
not seen ‘till a year later.

Him coming home,
back from where he was,
hugging and squeezing,
crying tears of joy,
seeing my father again.

Going to the airshows,
seeing all of his friends.

He leaves again,
my birthday, saddest day,
left for a year again,
not seen by son’s eyes until mother’s day.

Will not,
let him leave again.

Mother and friends,
missing him each day he is gone.

talking to him,
from webcam,
is not good enough.

Good enough for you,
good enough for me,
is when he is home,
and safe.


Photography © Allison Goldin

Photography © Allison Goldin


Jonathan Genereux is a student at Burrilvile High School in Rhode Island. His father, Michael Genereux, has served two tours in Iraq and is preparing to serve a third tour in Kosovo.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in California. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles.