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  A Soldier’s Letter
by M. Andrew Sprong
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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We lie in our fighting holes,
in the sweltering Afghan night,
arrayed like the graves our enemies dig.

We dream of home’s simplicity,
of girlfriends and mothers waiting,
yellow ribbons on countless trees adorned.

Rude war interrupts our sleep,
as mortars thump in the near distance,
walking closer like an invisible giant.

A boy with a box died today.
He wouldn’t stop and put it down.
It was a doll for his youngest sister.

Sometimes I wake up shouting,
but I am not the only one with nightmares.
The lieutenant issues pills to make them go away.

I am an unwilling killing machine,
for I need the G.I. bill to pay for college,
so I can escape the ghetto my government made.

Corporal Xerxes lost his legs last week,
to a Taliban man with a grenade launcher,
the Captain had to order us to stop return fire.

I’m going to heaven when I die,
as my faith in God has not yet been shaken,
and because I have already been to Hell.

 


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Reviewed by Daring Sunshine 8/20/2010
Well written. We need to thank our troops all the time. I was reminded while driving in an van with a soldier who fought in Vietnam & received a purple heart for bravery. Thanks!
Reviewed by Eugene Williams 11/4/2009
The reality of our foolish world... thanks
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/4/2009
Oh wow, this really hits home as we have a nephew heading to Afghanastan shortly...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 11/4/2009
Our soldiers give much more than just their time. They have ghoulish recalls and their stories sicken me as my compassion fills my eyes.
Thank you .
Susan
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 11/4/2009
Oh what a tragic write...it smacks of the reality of what our troops go through every single moment in Afghanastan. Very well written, and timely for Remembrance Day coming up on Nov. 11th. Everyone should read this poem.

Anna

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