American War Veteran

Updated on October 19, 2018
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

America War Veteran
America War Veteran

Go to war

We thought it was for peace

Go to war

Now our lives are in pieces

Go to war

A nation is under captivity

Go to war

Just to sustain America's Legacy

Seek out destructive weapons

Yet still non found

Kill the terrorist

But wrong land, most are home grown

Get the rifle up, aim for the head

But as I look beside me I see my Brother in Arms lay dead

Bullets ricochet, some intentional civilian death

Gives a meaning to the shortest verse, "Jesus Wept."

Men enjoying killing, no man or rodent is safe

Doors kicked in, anyone looking different is blazed.

Flesh taken forcefully

In a foreign land and feared, the new bully.

Many years past, the fighting has cause mental strain

Bombs blast, guns bark, Mothers cry for farmers slain

America War Veteran
America War Veteran

Now here they are, back on home soil.

Greeted by claps and twisted speeches, Government share the spoils.

Many come home to empty homes.

Many have lost sanity and had to be moved to other homes.

Many have come home maimed.

Many have come home drained.

A million rounds fired, killing many

Back on home soil, broken, begging for food or a penny

Veterans day, celebration and joy.

Later, back to reality, veterans lives have been destroyed.

Lineing up for food as though service not given

But the blood, the guts and the glory mean little if the sins are not forgiven

Mental institutions, war replays in their head

Back on home soil, body moves, but their souls are dead.

© 2018 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      That happens a lot flourish. It is heart breaking.

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      19 months ago from USA

      My husband’s brother did several tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and came back physically whole but so wounded his kids had trouble recognizing him. Forever changed.

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      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      So Sorry to hear Pamela Oglesby. War for profit is such an evil act.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      19 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Heart touching poem.My husband came home as an injured Vietnam vet and was spit on by protestors. It sure does take a part of their souls. The Veterans Association has a long way to go before I would have any respect for it! Your poem touched my soul as my son survived as well.

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      19 months ago

      Any living being is not meant to go to war for years. High levels of stress, fear, trauma, and pain, will take a tole on anyone. The soldiers come back broken, with death burned into their minds.

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      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Billy, it is sad that soulless leaders can send their people to war and when they return they are left hapless.

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Powerful poem, especially that last line....that sums up so many soldiers I have known!


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