Our Voice Means Something

by Kennith Harvey

Poem


I Left Mississippi

by Benjamin Williams

Poem


"Forecaste"

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Homes for Veterans

by Gene Groner

Prose


New Start

by Michelle Pond

Photograph


Remember

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


He Was the Enemy: A Soldier's Dilemma

By JonnieLynn Donatelli, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By JonnieLynn Donatelli

VA Medical Center—Bedford, MA


Amid the crossfire and confusion, I see him.

Guns are drawn, bullets flying, people yelling.

Smoke from fires outlines the soldiers’ bodies.

In a desperate attempt to capture the enemy,

They have dug in deep against the vehicles strewn all over.

It is chaos. An exhausting force of nature, human nature.

And I see him through my gunsights.

I see the sweaty smudges of dirt on his face.

His tears are falling to the ground like rain.

From my vantage point, I can almost feel his fear.

“I give up,” he yells to us. “I give up!”

But no one listens because he is the enemy.

I must shoot him or capture him.

And I prefer the latter.

“CEASE FIRE!” I scream. “STOP!”

And I realize I have no voice.

And I realize I am crying,

For my unknown enemy is lying on the ground.

“He is dead,” I cry softly.

But no one listens because he was the enemy.




Faces of The Homeless 1

by Ty Andrews

Drawing


The Quail Hunt

by Trina Mioner

Poem


Strange 2

by Daniel Strange

Art


The Old Warrior

by Brant Parker III

Array


New Start

by Michelle Pond

Photograph


The University

by Christopher Bremicker

Array