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War Is Not Hell, It's The Coming Home, After ----
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
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... they don't tell you about adjusting to the real world, ....

Image (c) 2007, Karla Dorman

War is not hell, it's the coming home
after ---- they don't tell you about
adjusting to the real world, the one
forgotten in the rage of battle ---- what
is normal?  You don't remember .. .
.. . quiet Sunday mornings with your

family.  A warm bed to sleep in.  The
delight of clean clothes.  A shower.
Comfort food.  Walking down streets
without fear of shadows waiting to kill
you .. .
all you know is pain.  Even if
you returned without a scratch, the

brain sees, retains the horrors of a
thousand ways to die unfolding
before eyes shock and awed into
silence.  No one wants to hear about
all of that.  And so, you carry on . ..
searching for the peace that eludes.

(c) 2010, Karla Dorman (10/18)

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
We should definitely be treating Americas heros better than we do.
In Christs Love
Reviewed by steve Chering
Brilliant write. As I expected it would be.
Reviewed by Jon Willey
"searching for the peace that eludes" is perhaps the best interpretation I have seen offered as an apt explanation of what those heroes endure after the rage of battle. Thanks Karla for offering us another insight into the thoughts and mental scars of a warrior and defender of America. Love and peace to you my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Absolutely right, Karla.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed
I think both War and Coming Home are Hell, for far too many.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
So powerful Karla and told with such honesty.
Reviewed by D Johnson
Karla, this is very powerful writing...very powerful.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
So true for many veterans and the families that break up because of it. The truth is that no war is a good war. Win, lose, or draw...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Told with candid honesty, Karla. Well done.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
What the eye has seen can never be erased; war exposes not only the body to carnage but the mind and the heart also, whilst fighting to preserve what, to us, is "normal". This dichotomy and bitterest of ironies is brought into sharp-focus by your newsreel words, Karla. Now, we, too can SEE! Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Good write and a great statement of our times....sad.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
well said
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
So sad the government doesn't care for our Veterans, before, during, OR after war (OR peacetime)!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
I remember my Uncle Mac returning from the Bataan Death March in WWII. He was a damned man. Died alone, with just his demons as company.
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader)
They'll take the most battle-hardened vets from Iraq and Afghanistan and turn them against us soon too. Probably when the economy crashes, we have hyper-inflation, food and austerity riots, etc. Excellent work Karla.
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