The Shouting of a Command This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.


The shouting of a command,
The thumping of helicopterblades in the wind.
Sounds of guns start to cover the land,
In a fewminutes this battle will end.

As screams of young men start tomultiply,
Smoke starts to fill the sky.
I am wounded, will I die?
WhileI pray and ask God why,
My eyes fill and I start to cry.

As a boy Idreamed of the fight,
But now I hope just to get through the night.
I heara shout that says we've won.
The thumping of blades have now begun.

AsI'm carried away I notice the flag
That so gallantly sways red, white andblue
And I say to America, we did it for you.






This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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