Category Archives: War Poetry

Every Form of Contact

It seems like my old buddy H.R. McMaster is back in the news, now as our new National Security Adviser.  Here’s hoping my interactions with him now will be different than when I did so in 2005 in Tal’Afar.  I … Continue reading

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Twelve

Twelve: the hours in the day Which my heart still beats Reminding me that I made it out When you never did.  

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Addiction (part 2)

Continued from Additcton (Part 1) We had already got our fix that day. An overdose perhaps, But that did not stop Them from providing more; Nor us from enduring it. Coming down, after several Hours-in, we were rolling home When … Continue reading

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Addiction (part 1)

You never knew you Needed it until they gave It to you. Young and naive Maybe you might have dreamt of it; Pretended it. You might have asked for it; Sought it, prayed for it Imagined it, feared it. But … Continue reading

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Contact: Time Measured in Seconds —

TBOTB Blog sponsored by: Protalus Discount Code: ffvillage Support Wounded Warriors Publishing Contact. What is it? It’s a radio-call; it’s an event; it’s something you receive, not something you get to give (there are other words for that); it is … Continue reading

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Introducing the “Pages From My Pocket” Series

I recently spent a weekend overhauling the storage space under the stairs leading down to the basement and furnace room. Doing so allowed me to get rid of some crap I had been keeping stored that was of no real … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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This is the face of an Extremist

This is Belal Mahmoud Al-Shofuk, an Islamic extremist recruited by Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia in 2005. This is Belal after he was captured and detained by my Platoon following a desert skirmish. This is the face of an extremist. Belal … Continue reading

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“Superman is Dead”

I want to do something a little different today.  I want to share with you a piece that came to me via FaceBook from a fellow veteran: Sergeant First Class Louis ‘Ted’ Sheppard. I had the pleasure of being his … Continue reading

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“That’ll Never Be Me”

No matter what training or school or course it was in, Fort whatever-it-was, lying on the ground at night In the woods, cheek rested on the M-240B on guard I fought the Z-monster but said ‘this is just training If … Continue reading

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