Tag Archives: War Poetry

Killing Time

Some days it’s easy The noise causes you to react You turn your head and raise your rifle Your finger never got more of a workout pulling that trigger The enemy comes and goes Just nameless faces and anonymous bodies … Continue reading

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And Just Like That

You are lifted up and in thirty-six hours The crisp, clean air blowing in off The Pacific fills your nostrils; Everywhere you go Mt. Rainier looms Ever-present. And you have the subtle sense Inside you that makes your senses tingle … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years That Night

My eyelids weary, I stayed awake Sleep to me not known My muscles exhausted and they ache But diligently I scan my fire zone On day five of the nine we got To search this Euphrates town In that arid … Continue reading

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You & Me

You and me are the same; of equal value and standing But today you and I, we did two very different things: At work you lack sleep because you were out late With friends drinking at a ball game; I … Continue reading

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Hypervigilant

From behind my shades my eyes Scan the crowd. I hear them talking But don’t understand it. The market Is packed and this is a ripe target, I say to myself. That man with The mustache has stood there too … Continue reading

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Unearned Hate

One day, after the war I was Walking from my grad school class Contemplating why I’m the only 30 year old in that class and why Whenever I speak, I get blank stares Can they not comprehend? And on The … Continue reading

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The Letter

“So ardent my belief in this cause That if my future on this Earth is to Lie below it, I fear nor worry” I wrote that in a letter To my parents. And put It in an envelope labeled ‘do … Continue reading

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Cascade

It starts from nothing; A Simple annoyance that Any other day wouldn’t Even register; No carts at The grocery store – that Is the pin prick where It begins; compounds. Annoyance; What I want

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The Ritual

I get out to the trucks and open my hatch; Check the sandbags, give a look around at Name-tape defilade to make sure I can see But still have decent protection. I check my Magazines and the various grenades I … Continue reading

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Black BMW, Maroon Opel

There was a time in 2005 when Suicide car bombs were all the rage; In Baghdad mostly but Mosul too – And we’d seen our share in Tal’Afar. When we got intel that one was nearby Being constructed or moved … Continue reading

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