Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eternal Warrior

The symbols of pride:
Eagle, globe, and anchor,
U.S.M.C.
Medals of distinction.
The signs of distress:
170 beats per minute,
163 over 100,
Drenched in sweat and urine.
The language of loss:
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy,
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome,
Invisibly wounded warrior.
I am a warrior,
Earned the eagle, globe, and anchor,
With blood, sweat, and tears.
This is the life I selected,
Embrace, and thank God for.
I am a warrior,
Forever suffering pain,
Anguish, caused by an invisible wound.
This is the burden I bare,
Grinning in the face of adversity.
I am a warrior,
Who can not march again,
That silently recites ancient cadences.
This is the loss I suffer,
Battle with, and overcome.
I am a warrior,
Eternally proud of my heritage,
Paying daily tithings of wordless respect.
This is the path I walk,
With shoulders back.
I am a warrior.
Unable to ever forget.
The symbols of distress:
Partially filled journals,
Overflowing pill boxes,
Black cane.
The signs of loss:
Forlorn eyes,
Sketches pleading with fate,
Dust covered guitars.
The language of pride:
Semper Fidelis,
Honor, Courage, Commitment,
Hoorah.

K.M. Shear 01-18-11

Submitted to Jingle Poetry for Poetry Potluck

7 comments:

  1. powerful..

    Thanks for the amazing contribution,
    Happy 2011.

    A++

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  2. AWESOME WORK. I was pulled in, I felt it all! Thank you and happy potluck!

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  3. Well documented effects of being a warrier.

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  4. I'm glad you all enjoyed this piece. It was very hard for me to write, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

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  5. Greetings, Happy Sunday! Blessings…

    Friendship Awards, Enjoy!
    Thanks for the support, You Rock!
    xxx

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