You Saved My Life

In the dark of night as

We rolled at snails-pace

Through the tight alleyway

Looking for trouble, you

Were alert and called out

‘Grenade!’ as the blob in

The darkness fell and ping’d

Off the Stryker, giving me

Time to duck;

You saved my life…

As I sat angry and stubborn because

No one understood, didn’t get it –

Frustrated at how we had been

Reassigned and moved, now

On the rotation to Iraq again,

Mad at the world and full of

Rage – you listened; when we

Punched bloody holes in drywall

And saw the faces of the dead

In crowds and on the street and lost our wits

You did more than prescribe a pill;

You saved my life…

When I said that for me, all

Had been lost – I would spend

My eternity as I was and alone –

Not wanting children ever and

My failed marriage and life were

More black marks on my soul,

You cared – though you would

Never understand and had no

Frame of reference, you tried;

You accepted me as I was…

You saved my 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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3 Responses to You Saved My Life

  1. thewordonthestreetcorner says:

    Reblogged this on The Word on the Street Corner and commented:
    Great Poem! Love it!


  2. robakers says:

    Your words could be applied to my life word for word. Thank You.



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