Hooah, hooray! We’ve done it again!

Cheer of the mighty and triumphant;

A call of the blind. We fools.

None gained here is too big nor too small.

Excite as you must, remaining vigilant –

Collecting wins where you can, far

Too few and between; scant junctures.

This too shall pass. And when it does

If you’re lucky enough to be on the

Upside, cheer for it then you will not.

For the survivor inside won’t outlast

The guilt that you feel; won’t erase

The pride that you’ve swallowed and

Choked on inside. Paying the price

For other men’s avarice in your blood.

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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