Anything But

Hollywood had it all wrong:

The movies I saw, what the masses think

Happens when you go to war; the silver-screen version.

When someone is shot they don’t blow backwards

Or take it in stride, get the lucky shot to the shoulder.

No – Bodies slump, mid-stride, momentum carries you

Forward. And the dead don’t die peacefully, eyes closed –

Particularly when the way they meet their fate is

So grotesque, sudden or horrid. No – the dead lie

Eyes open, mouth agape like they’re stunned, froze, or sick;

The disease of death. The odd shell that just was but contains no longer.

And when explosions go off and you somehow get away

Yes you might be close by and still survive but

There is no way to replicate those tiny metal shards

Passing by you, near you, through the unfortunate

Or simply into you. It somehow simply occurs very real

Yes, the movies have it all wrong. Violence and war.

They are anything but what TV makes you think.

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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