A Poem by Johanna

I ´ve heard a bit about this condition and was filled by sadness for those suffering like this. I think it is an important topic, so I decided to write this.


You told me to flee as you shot at the enemy

The bullets echoed in your mind

My eyes were wide but only you could see

Fresh blood that had already faded in time

You knew well who the wicked were

So you never took your medicine

There was no need for a doctor

Only some bruises and cuts on your skin

Screaming in a voice that wasn't yous

Running over no man's land

Your screams echo within suburban walls

You don't trust my outstretched hand

A summer's day in our peaceful town

Your face bear´s the lines of blazing heat

You hear an explosion, you pull me down

As a truck slowly passes down the street

You still have the same touch when you hold me

Muttering what those hands have done

Pictures and flashes take over reality

Until there´s just sand, dust, loss and your gun

You are one of the lucky ones

But you didn´t come back the same

Sweating years and guilt until morning comes

Hearing your friends calling out your name

The fear of losing you is gone now

These days I carry fear of a different kind

That I´ll come towards you and somehow

You'll see my face and won't know it's mine

Inside you there is a wild storm

Were anguish and sadness grow

Suddenly you're back in your uniform

Surrounded by young faces you'll never know

I love you, no matter who you are

Forgive me for not removing your pain

When you enter a tank, I enter a car

Without warning your ghosts are back again

You're walking on the soil you fought for

Hearing people's voices condemn

In your mind you're still at war

Even if you did it all for them

© 2015 Johanna

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This is a very great write reminds me of the movie American Sniper. Its very tragic what men and women face after war. Some suffer a war before ever leaving the home fronts. I have suffered with it myself over the loss of a special friends death and other things they begin to eat away at me. This is not a fun place to be. Thank you for sharing such a valued write.

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5 Years Ago

No thank you for reviewing, glad to contribute in any way

5 Years Ago

Welcome:) Johanna Magdalena

Serving in the military myself I have come across plenty of fellow servicemen who suffer with this. This poem is very well written and from what I have been told by those who have been diagnosed with this really shows what it's like. Thank you for sharing this.

Posted 5 Years Ago


5 Years Ago

Thank you for saying that Kyle. Very happy that the poem did them justice since I don´t have any pe.. read more
Kyle Wynn

5 Years Ago

You're welcome! It was my pleasure!

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Added on November 13, 2015
Last Updated on November 13, 2015
Tags: shot, enemy, bullett, medicine, doctor, land, skin, walls, car, tank, soldier, uniform, mind, pain, wicked, condemn, back, ghosts, fought, war, soil, them, love




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