These Boots

These boots,


But worn year round

They’re my favorite.

“Why do you wear those

In the summer?” they

Ask. ‘Because’ I say

‘They make me feel planted.’

At 5’10, 165 with 40 pounds

Of kit, so front-heavy from

Magazines and hand grenades

That I have an extra plate

On my back to even me out.

“Don’t they make your feet

Sweat?” Yes. “They make

Me feel planted” I repeat

Stability against the weight

Of this entire wretched place

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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