War Opinion Letter

April 18, 2011
By PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."


My Dearest Darling Evelyn,

I love you so much. More than you can ever even begin to fathom. The day we said our vows was the happiest day of my life. Second only to the day your letter came telling me about the birth of our beautiful daughter Isabella. Seven pounds, eight ounces. I remember. Aren’t you proud of me for remembering? Please be proud, darling. No one is proud of me here. No one is proud of anyone fighting this pointless, pointless war.

Today I saw my first death. It was Adam. Yes, Adam from down the street. Adam from church. Amelia’s husband, Adam. He’s gone, Evelyn. He’s never coming back. God, he was so full of confidence. He thought he was going to be the last one standing. We all believed him too. Why wouldn’t we? He was always so strong. Even on the worst of days, he could find a reason to smile. I’m gonna miss him so much. How will the rest of the platoon get by without him? Why should I even bother going on, Evelyn? If Adam couldn’t make it through this war, none of us will. It’s over for me, baby. I’d rather die on my own terms than be brutally murdered by an enemy who doesn’t even understand why we’re here.

You see sweetheart, they told us at home that if we went into this war, we would come out heroes. They didn’t tell us that we would watch our friends and neighbors be blown to bits by hateful, wicked weapons of unimaginable force. They didn’t tell us that we wouldn’t be able to go home for our mothers’ funerals. No one said that we would be killing innocent people just because they lived in the same barely-habitable village as someone who might be Vietcong. No one told me that mothers would hand me their children strapped with bombs. Think about the look on a child’s face in that instant before the bomb goes off. Think of the desperation of the civilians. It makes me sick to my stomach. I can’t do it anymore, Evelyn. I’m not fighting for America anymore. I’m fighting for my sanity. Darling I haven’t slept in weeks and weeks. The dreams I have aren’t nightmares. They’re night terrors. I wake up screaming, sometimes sobbing, drenched in sweat that I can’t wash away because there’s no lake to bathe in nearby. All of my terrors are soaked in my skin. Even if I could wash them off, where would they go?

And after all that, no one is proud of us. I got a letter from a friend who went on R&R for a few days. He said he got spit on at the airport. Someone threw food at him and yelled obscenities at him. What kind of country do we live in? What kind of world is this, honey? I’ve killed people. There are people who have died; there are families who are in mourning because of a gun that I fired. I went through that mental torture for my ignorant, selfish country. I hope they’re happy. This is the end for me. Tell Isabella that I love her, and I wish I could’ve gotten to meet her. Don’t tell her about the horrors of war. Don’t let her ever find out. Protect my little princess no matter what.

Most importantly, Evelyn, please don’t ever doubt that you are and always were the love of my life. I don’t want to put you through the mental anguish that I’ve gone through when I get home. There’s a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that would keep me from living a normal life after I got home. You have a brand new baby to take care of. You can’t be responsible for me too. I’ll be there looking down on you every single night. I’ll keep you and Bella out of harm’s way. But by the time you get this letter, it’ll be too late. The gun that my dad gave me on our first hunting trip is sitting right on my left. Remember? I had you send it to me because the ones that they gave us were so unreliable. America is also unreliable. But my dad’s gun was always there when I needed it. I love you darling, and I hope you and Isabella live a very happy and fulfilling life. I can’t wait to watch it from heaven.
All my love,
Michael


The author's comments:
This was a piece for English. The assignment was to convey our opinions about war through a form of creative writing. I chose to write a letter from the point of view of a soldier in the Vietnam War.

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on Nov. 18 2011 at 10:58 pm
KarlynDavis BRONZE, Sandy, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"To be a great writer you read to write."

I agree! It felt so real!

on Nov. 18 2011 at 10:57 pm
KarlynDavis BRONZE, Sandy, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"To be a great writer you read to write."

WONDERFUL!! I loved every second of this! I've never read anything like this! I LOVE IT!!! :D
Keep it up!(:

on Nov. 16 2011 at 2:15 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

thanks so muchh! :)

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on Nov. 15 2011 at 8:39 pm
matador BRONZE, Hereford, Texas
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AMAZING!! I loved your line "All of my terrors are soaked in my skin. Even if I could wash them off, where would they go?" I feel it shows Michaels true inner emotions, that's just me of course. 

this is an amazing piece of writing.


on Nov. 14 2011 at 9:42 am
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

i love inspiring all of this emotion :P i'm so glad you enjoyed it :D thanks for readingg!

on Nov. 11 2011 at 9:35 pm
iluvrockandroll2 PLATINUM, Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you're wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore."
— Lady Gaga

i feel like crying! well done!!

on Oct. 1 2011 at 3:00 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

aww thank you so muchh! its great to hear that it has an impact on people :)

on Oct. 1 2011 at 10:05 am
historyfreak GOLD, Rochester, New York
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Favorite Quote:
\"No man ever enters, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.\"
\"I love old things, they make me sad...sad is happy for deep people.\"

Amazing accuracy to what the soldiers really must have been feeling. I almost cried to say the least. I know I'll be thinking about this article for the rest of the day. I loved it.

on Sep. 28 2011 at 9:15 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

hehe im flattered :) thank youu!

on Sep. 28 2011 at 3:15 pm
Mellifluous SILVER, Arlington, Virginia
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This is the most emotional and gut-wrenching piece I have read on this website in a long time, as well as being historically accurate. I don't usually cry from reading stories, but I came really close this time. Amazing job!!!!! 

on Aug. 31 2011 at 5:40 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

glad you enjoyed itt! :) thanks for readingg!

on Aug. 31 2011 at 12:25 pm
tooswaggedout, Dallas, Texas
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I liked this piece beacuse  it was very historicaaly accurate. The story was very touching because it was real. I enjoyed the way that is was written in form of a letter. I really felt like the Micheal (the main character) was writing to me...it felt so real.

on Aug. 23 2011 at 9:55 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

war scares me too :/ it sucks that the world has to be like this but what can you do...well im glad you liked the piece :) thanks for readingg!

on Aug. 23 2011 at 9:29 pm
TheCoffeeKitten BRONZE, Saugatuck, Michigan
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I'm not gonna lie. I cried while reading this because war really scares me, but this piece was beautiful and heart-wrenching. Mostly because this is true. This goes on every day. *sigh*

Congrats on a wonderful story. I really loved it, despite the dark themes, it was beautiful. =`) Cheers


on Aug. 20 2011 at 7:24 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

thank youu!

on Aug. 20 2011 at 7:19 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 297 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

just finished reading, ill comment on your page :)

on Aug. 20 2011 at 7:05 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

No problem :)  Did you comment mine yet?

on Aug. 20 2011 at 6:52 pm
PaRaNoRmAl627 GOLD, Mountainside, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 297 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do what you want. If it's something you'll regret in the morning, sleep late."

yaay thank you so muchh! really glad you liked it :)

on Aug. 20 2011 at 6:51 pm
rage_against_the_machine BRONZE, St. Augustine, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Difficult takes a day. Impossible takes.. oh, about a week?

This was amazing. I really enjoy it, as I am very against war, and this really displays the emotional tearing it creates. Unique idea too, that he is committing suicide. Well-written.

on Aug. 19 2011 at 7:00 pm
JoPepper PLATINUM, Annandale, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Freedom is the ability to not care what the other person thinks."

"Not all those who wander are lost" --JRR Tolkien

"When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears." --Jose' Bergamin

No problem and keep writing!!!! :D


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