5 and 1

A calm warm sunny afternoon on the street

Men and women casually stroll amongst them

Foot patrol beats its soles against the dirty streets

A rifleman waits

Smiles are exchanged for waves as the sun shines

It’s pleasant today

Rifle cracks break the air

Descending gray on what was colorful

Turn towards the fire, attention focused

He steps out from his perch

From behind them he attacks, his body his weapon

The explosion erupts

The smoke clears

And when it does, the death toll

KIA: 5 US, 1 Terp

About anotherwarriorpoet

Mathew Bocian served as a Captain in the United States Army with the Stryker Brigade and was deployed to Mosul and Tal'Afar in 2004 - 2005, and to Baghdad for The Surge in 2007 - 2008. He left the Army in 2012 and now uses his poetry as a way to heal from the traumas of war, while attempting to express to readers the realities of war. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and holds a master's from the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
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