Woes of Basic Life

Woes of Basic Life

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written at Basic Training, a poem about Basic Training.


Woes of Basic Life


July 2, 1987

It's a corner of existence
That few men ever see.
It's a closely guarded secret
Which was revealed to lowly me.

It's controlled from powers higher
Than many men can reach.
It's a life of many trials
Which many lessons teach.

All alike within it
Behind its walls and rules,
A uniform existence
Which makes wise men out of fools.

All ordered and established
Behind its barricades,
Within the bounds around it
Strong minds and hearts are made.

Regardless of the sameness
Of this secret world we know,
Some inmates of this secret world
Find that they can no more go.

Some few poor souls among us
Just cannot take the strain
Of a life in guarded secret
With a number for a name.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 18. Initial reactions appreciated.

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I don't think I could have attempted joining the Army, though I have learned that I am a lot stronger than I ever could have imagined.

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..