This Valley of Thistles
By Mary de Morales,
Army, National Guard
Writing Type: Poem, Mix media design process
By Mary de Morales
(Kara to fill in address information)
Dear heart and gentle one,
You have trouble near the water's edge.
Thistles' roots take hold of you,
This valley is all you’ve ever known.
The thistles may not be aware,
Seeing changes to speak of--I do not dare.
For all they’ve done, withstood such pain,
Strong and proud, I see their strength,
I reflect all the time of sadness growing,
Receiving not one damn DIME!
Their losing friends that needed losing,
Found true hearts along the way.
If these thistles become strangers,
That would be so very sad.
Tell them always so not to forget.
I love you, Thistles.
This valley is all you’ve ever had.
Notes: Written in anger at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and Dorn VA Hospital. 1993 and 2002, denied claims for Hearing Loss and MST.