Amends

So much wrong was done there

You try to fix it, to make it right
So you try to make amends

By building a wall, a roof

Plant a date tree and irrigate the land
Buy a goat and host a dinner and

Laugh and tell stories of what it was like

When you were there last, how it’s changed!
Break bread with strangers not seen in years

But whom you’d touched in so many ways

Hug them; see the warmth in their smiles now
And as they fade away, you stop daydreaming

Because that far away land is star-crossed

Your memories of it will fade but the guilt won’t
You will never visit there ever again

Regardless of your intent

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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