Combat Nursing

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


A Knock on the Door

by Diane Wasden

Prose


Waves of Life

by Michele Johnson

Poem


The Nurses and Staff of My VA Hospital

by Jeffrey Saarela

Poem


Courage

by Jason Bartley

Poem


When Your Body Turns Against You

by Penny Deere

Poem


America’s Daughters and Sons

By Anthony Ramirez, Army

Writing Type: Poem

By Anthony Ramirez

VA Medical Center—Augusta, ME

 

We are still America’s Daughters and Sons,

in spite of the crime or offense that we have done.

And although we may be shunned,

it will be the future and not the past

that will determine who we are and what we may become.

“Murderers!  Molesters!  Misfits!  Miscreants!” 

Let them call us what they will.

Ne’er-do-wells: unite!  We can’t love and help others

until we love and help ourselves.

Hark!  Never be consumed by the failures,

the mistakes, by the bad breaks.

Stand!  Rise from your penitent knees

and truly be accounted for.

Scoff!  Who we’ve been isn’t who we have to be.

 

To live.  Positively.  Means annulling the decrees

of “street wisdom”’ in favor of taking some time away,

thereby shaking away the lamented chains

of what we cannot become: 

perpetual prisoners of our own pasts.

So remember, Brethren:

we are still America’s Daughter and Sons,

in truth of the crime or offense that we have succumbed,

because when all is said and done,

it will always be the future and not the past

that will determine who we are and what we will become.

Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


The Gates of Nothingness

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


That Look

by David Marchant

Poem


The Light Bulb Man

by Sean Parrish

Prose


The Nurses and Staff of My VA Hospital

by Jeffrey Saarela

Poem


Possessions

by James Janssen

Prose