Scouts Out –

I again bring to you some incredible words from an old friend and former Soldier of mine. People say I have a way with words…. I’ve got nothing on this guy! But in reading his post and preparing this blog entry, it made me think of something. A lot of days at work I feel pretty downtrodden; I feel pretty overwhelmed; I feel trapped in the rat-race; I get grumpy and feel out of sorts. And sometimes I feel like I’ve lost touch with myself.

I don’t run as fast as I used to; I added a few pounds; And I certainly have less hair – but once upon a time… I was a Scout, dammit!! And that means something! So, I leave you with the words of a great man, that have also inspired me:


A Scout’s Farewell

One final farewell
My career and all her
euphoric ironies
The end of the Road
like a Boys to Men 
I woke up one
November morning
and life came crashing in
That's the way it happens
the same thing that's meant 
to give life
twists, gets stuck, and
almost does you in
Like water over a cliff's edge
how can I get back on top again?
No more push ups on 
a Vilseck hill
No more cadence
or brotherly banter
No more colonels
to roll my eyes towards.
My military hallmarks
have all but
The prestige I sought
forever eluded
I guess it's time
to hide and seek
on unfamiliar terrain
Trade in my sick leave
for grand children's laughter.
New hallmark moments 
Happily before
there after...

Copyright © TS Lewis

Well said. Check him out on FaceBook as well as over on Poetry Soup.

— Scouts Out —


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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1 Response to Scouts Out –

  1. Anna says:

    Thank you for sharing this poem, and also for this blog. We [civilians] need to know as much as veterans are willing to share with us. There is a huge gap between soldier and civilian, this is a step in the right direction. Thanks again.


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