A Place Where Soldiers Go

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


A Knock on the Door

by Diane Wasden

Prose


A 1984 Exception

by Katherine Iwatiw

Prose


Medication Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem


The Promise

by Nila Bartley

Poem


Stones River

by StevenMiller Miller

Prose


That Look

By David Marchant, Air Force

Writing Type: Poem

By David R. Marchant
VA Medical Center--Salt Lake City, UT

There it is,
that look in your eyes
distant
empty of emotion
the one
masking the memories
of a battlefield
far, far away.

I recognize it,
because I have seen it
before
staring back
at me in the mirror
absent of feeling
devoid of any hope
lost and alone.

I've been there,
sat in a similar chair
desperate
for answers
fighting alone
always looking back.
Then help was offered;
my journey began.

You'll need courage
to make this same journey,
determination
eyes forward
never looking back
willingness to trust.
Let me help you;
you're not alone.

                                                                                                                                                               

 

Notes: This poem was inspired by the look I see in many of the veterans in my practice. Especially after they come back from a deployment. It hits home to me every time because I know it far to well.

They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


The Gates of Nothingness

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


Dance Little Children

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Metamorphosis of the Mind

by Shon Pernice

Prose


Combat Nursing

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


The Turret Guard

by Jack Tompkins

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