Our Lonely Death

by George Nolta

Poem


My Trip to Catalina

by Jonathan Craig

Prose


Metamorphosis of the Mind

by Shon Pernice

Prose


Solitude by the Sea

by William Anderes

Poem


"Eternity "

by Russell Nelson

Painting


Purple Heart

by John Swainston

Poem


Years Gone

By Penny Deere, Army, Woman’s Army Corps

Writing Type: Poem

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

One year minus--until what?
Make a plan. What is next?
Return to college.
Change of lifestyle.   

Five years gone.
Almost completed
my special education degree
minus student teaching.
Loss of son, my love.
Foe went to prison.
How do I go on?  

Ten years gone.
I am lost; I need help.
Floundering.
Can’t get out of my own way.
Asked for help.
Went to school
for massage therapy .
Learned.
Have a better understanding
of mind, body and soul.  

Twenty years gone.
Started Art4vets.
Giving back. Found a tribe.
Belong. I have a purpose.
Completed
human services degree
at age 65.

They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


That Look

by David Marchant

Poem


A Knock on the Door

by Diane Wasden

Prose


What a Beauty

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


The Nurses and Staff of My VA Hospital

by Jeffrey Saarela

Poem