Our 9 to 5 War

Up in the morning, luke-warm

Shower and laundered uniform

Dirtied later, but clean now.

Coffee at the command post

XO crafts an email to a girl he

Met online; nothing better

To do. Gear-up, load-up, depart

The FOB and hit town.

Get hit by town.

Random explosions from everywhere

Trash shouldn’t explode, sidewalks

Shouldn’t explode but these ones do.

Must be faulty – whole damn country’s faulty

Detain dirty smelly men, return to

FOB drenched in sweat, sometimes

Blood. Strip gear off, clean the trucks

Play a video game, skype your wife

Watch DVD’s and eat pizza and fries

From the chow hall. Use your iPod

Until it’s time to go back out again into

The red zone; but for now relax

Behind concrete T-walls; A war tourist.

More akin to the post-Surge style tour of Iraq; individual experiences may vary

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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