Shadow Box

My friend sits in a frame

Against the wall

Next to frames of other men

My soldiers sit on the shelf

Their names engraved on

Bands of steel worn on my wrist

My youth is displayed in a case

Where medals hang to

Make me feel like I did good

My memories live in my head

Though slightly dulled, still

Much alive when I lie down at night

My sanity sometimes is gone

It resides in parts unknown

Along with my sense of self

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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