One Guy's Military Journey: Poetic Reflections

One Guy's Military Journey: Poetic Reflections

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Overview

“I carry this weight as my responsibility of burden, my obligation to those who didn’t come home, my compulsion to the generations of warriors, a sign of my commitment and duty as one who has seen the slaughter of civilization, the carnage of humanity, and stared Death in his shadowed face but was allowed to live.” – The Weight

This book has put into words that which is difficult to describe about military service and combat, including physical and invisible injuries. It aims to provide help to veterans and sufferers of PTSD through poetic form, both as cognitive therapy for themselves or by giving them the ability to clarify their feelings, emotions, and experiences to their loved ones, support network, and counselors. These verses are meant to be intense and hard-hitting as you travel through the different sections and topics. I hope you enjoy these poems, but even more so, I hope they help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578683256
Publisher: Christopher Barnes
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.01(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Chris has served in the United States Air Force for nearly 20 years, and is beginning the journey into a life beyond his military service. From his multiple combat deployments, Chris suffers from moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and his continuing treatments have led him to write about his experiences. Outside of work, Chris spends his time creating memories with his wife and daughter, and their German shepherd, Bane.

Table of Contents

Section 1 – History……………………………...1

The Soldier’s Boots

Our Return

American Generations I

American Generations II

Ditches

Section 2 – Service…………………………….13

The Letter Home

Luck Charms

The Day I Didn’t Die

The Time Between I

The Time Between II

Changing of the Guard

I Volunteered For This

Section 3 – Senses……………………………..33

The Smell

Silence & Silence (Reimagined)

The Din

The Eyes

The Weight

Section 4 – Aftermath…………………………47

The First Week of December

Avoidance

The Recurring Nightmare

The Night I Should’ve Quit Drinking

Scars & Scars (Reimagined)

The Stigma

The Screams I Hear

More Thoughts………………………………..67

The Bottom of a Bottle

Time I

Time II

My Plea

Our Why

To The 22

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