What It Means to Be a Veteran: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

by michael mcbride

Poem


Calculated Risks

by Neal Morrison Jr

Poem


An Encounter at the VA Hospital

by John Swainston

Poem


Cuban Missile Crisis

by Gary Jenneke

Prose


White light

by Paul Nyerick

Prose


Lost and Found

by Lenny Ellis

Poem


Cat, Vase, Flowers

By Penny Deere, Army, Woman’s Army Corps

Writing Type: Poem, Photograph, Multimedia

By Penny Lee Deere
VA Medical Center--Albany, NY

Looking through a window, resident unknown.
Seeking something that can not be found,
A cat on the window sill looks content.
Is it a trap, this scene of tranquility?
The creature is looking into the room,
Seeking something that can not be found.
A light tap would stir this peaceful portrait
The second the heart takes a breath,
Seeking something that can not be found.
The creature would jump from the tap,
The vase would fall and break,
Seeking something that can not be found.
The flowers would be thrown about wildly on the floor,
Arrangement no more, calm no, serenity lost,
Seeking something that can not be found.
It just is.

One Young Soldier

by Jack Tompkins

sketch


Calculated Risks

by Neal Morrison Jr

Poem


Poppy array

by Penny Deere

Array


Answering the Call

by Daniel Allen

Poem


An Encounter at the VA Hospital

by John Swainston

Poem


Feelings

by Lenny Ellis

Poem