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Poem: The Broken Soldier and the Healing Light

Tessa Schlesinger was born with ink in her genes. She is a teller of stories, an author, a poet, and a writer.

A broken veteran sleeps at night... He has lost it all.

A broken veteran sleeps at night... He has lost it all.

About this poem - The Broken Soldier and the Healing Light

This poem is dedicated to all those soldiers who fought for a dream, and in fighting for that dream lost something of themselves. They tried to return to their lives, but something was missing.

Every night he wept from war.

He couldn't bear it anymore.

His mind broken, his heart sore.

His dreams haunted his tortured core.

One night he had a waking dream.

He looked up to see a starlight beam.

A shimmer of light on a silver stream

Made its way to his broken scream.

That silver stream rode the night

Riding to the rescue of a soldier's plight,

Seeking to erase memories of the fight,

Bringing peace and love and light.

It touched that man’s injured core.

It brought healing and something more.

It gave wisdom, insight, and power.

And sprinkled him liberally in a silver shower.

When he awoke the following day,

He felt a wonderful spirit of play.

He smiled for the first time in many years

And such was the feeling, he wept some tears.

For the rest of his life, when he looked at the stars,

He knew that a heavenly light had eliminated his scars.

His life became one of jubilation and joy

That nothing would ever again destroy.

His life on track, full of love and light

All because of a star at night!

© 2019 Tessa Schlesinger


Liz Westwood from UK on December 31, 2019:

This is a very positive poem, bringing light into the depths of despondency. I once knew a soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, who had a vision of Jesus at the end of his bed. It made a massive impression on him.

Tessa Schlesinger (author) on December 29, 2019:

Thank you. :) I wrote it for a choral position that someone is putting to music.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 29, 2019:

This is beautiful, Tessa. Too bad all the veterans can't be healed by this healing love and light.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 27, 2019:

Although not a solder I was in Vietnam's war, Tessa, so I didn't have such problem in transitioning back into a civil state of being. But, for all of the many who I know are and were never able to return, I thank you for such a lovely dedication of hope for their plight.

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