A Hero's Hero

by Anthony Cocozza

Poem


Warriors for Peace

by William Hull

Poem


First on the Field

by John Koelsch

Poem


Today

by Val Benitez

Poem


A Winter's Tale

by Wallace McGregor

Poem


The Masked Generation

by Sean Richards

Poem


My Guitar

By Louise Eisenbrandt, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By Louise Diane Eisenbrandt
--Leawood, KS

 

Six nylon strings, sending mellow tones

to those who would listen.

Simple chords, strummed, plucked,

with or without capo, no pick.

We would gather to forget the carnage of the day:

the dangling limbs held by tattered ligaments,

compressed by blood-soaked tourniquets;

the acrid smell of burning flesh from white phosphorous;

piercing screams from the afflicted.

Familiar strains to celebrate

the quiet of the night sky lit by flares

searching for the enemy, revealing so much more.

Songs of love and loss, of sweat-drenched nights

and blood-smeared days.

With others – singing, laughing, escaping--

for there is comfort in community.

Monsoon-drenched days,

shared in the company of others, free the soul.

There is joy in voices raised in song,

fleeting relief in laughter

healing the soul and preserving our sanity.

Love of a different kind for those with uncertain futures.

All brought together by my war-scarred guitar.



Winter Sunrise

by Gene Groner

Poem


I Can't Breathe

by CJ Reeves

Poem


Flight

by Richard Wangard

Poem


Conscience

by Robert Valonis

Array


We're All Equal

by Jason Bartley

Array


Mind Darkness

by Val Benitez

Poem,Prose