Answer to Our Youth

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Our Lonely Death

by George Nolta

Poem


Metamorphosis of the Mind

by Shon Pernice

Prose


Combat Nursing

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


This Road I Am On

by David Marchant

Poem


A 1984 Exception

by Katherine Iwatiw

Prose


We Never Learn

By John Swainston, Army

Writing Type: Poem


 

By John L. Swainston

VA Medical Center--Kansas City, MO


They fought the war.

Not because they wanted to,

it was their job.

 

Some were wounded.

Some were mutilated.

Most will be scarred for life.

 

Vietnam taught the policy

makers nothing.

Never had they been in the field.

Never taken fire.

Never ate a meal from a can or bag.

 

Around a mahogany table they would sit.

Padded seats–aides behind.

Not one general at the table.

Not one member of the Armed Forces.

Discussions only ended when

the decision was made.

 

Let’s do it again–

AFGHANISTAN.

Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


This Road I Am On

by David Marchant

Poem


Waves of Life

by Michele Johnson

Poem


What a Beauty

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


Empty

by Michelle Pond

Photograph


Possessions

by James Janssen

Prose