They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


Dwell in Hope

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


A Place Where Soldiers Go

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


The Turret Guard

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


Empty

by Michelle Pond

Photograph


Voices in the Sky

by Paul Nyerick

Array


Supernova

By Neal Morrison Jr, Army

Writing Type: Array

By Neal C. Morrison, Jr.
VA Medical Center--Hampton, VA


I often wondered why

about the truly powerful and great ones among us.

Why do they fall so heavily?

Why do they die so young?

They have achieved and obtained many things

we all hope for, wish for, dream of.

And yet they abuse themselves,

walking a path of self-destruction and annihilation.

They are talented, beautiful and wealthy.

They live the life of which dreams are made.

They are like a shining star,

burning so brightly in the heavens.

All we can see is their shining light.

They outshine all the billions and billions

of stars in the heavens.

They burned so brightly,

as if they were the greatest of all the stars.

Then suddenly, almost without warning,

this one, the greatest of all the stars,

erupts and explodes, becoming a black hole.

Now a major star is gone;

all the minor stars are still here.

They're still shining, not as brightly,

but they are still shining.

All the universe mourns the destruction

of the bright shining star.

Without love in our lives, we all will face

the fate of the supernova.

No matter how great,

how powerful you may be,

without love, peace and harmony,

you will self-destruct.

Dwell in Hope

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


Somewhere a Woman Is Building an Ark

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


Solitude by the Sea

by William Anderes

Poem


A Place Where Soldiers Go

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


Empty

by Michelle Pond

Photograph


Retail Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem