Voodoo Two-Six

From smoke and chaos she appeared like an angel

Quiet at first and then deafening

Olive-drab bird, cross of red

Voodoo 2-6… carry me away


Gunshots rang out from around the corner

Somewhere this violence failed to relent

I order it silenced – the 40mm does so

Keep my angel safe


He laid in pain, torn and battered at their hands

Fighting for his life was our hardest mission

God please help me; I am a sinner!

Touchdown your angel of mercy


We rush to load the litter onboard

Another gunshot sounds in the distance, but my primary focus

Get him aboard that he may walk again in the sun with his wife

Voodoo 2-6, carry him swiftly.


Yet when that Blackhawk took off,

Blades now beating the air into submission

And I watched that bitter-sweet bird take flight

I had never felt more alone in my entire life.

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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