Shouldn't Have To Be

March 10, 2011
By StephanieI SILVER, New York, New York
StephanieI SILVER, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
What does not destroy me only makes me stronger


A young man of 19 1as I,
with all the strength and courage
I though I would ever need
I marched around with my head held high,
and my rifle hanging on my shoulder
I was anxious for my first fight
but when the day finally came,
I regretted all my enthusiasm
bullets buzzed by my head,
bombs burst everywhere I went
I hid in the trees, and fled to safety.
The next day, I dreaded going back, and the next, and the next
A day felt like a week, a week like a month and a month like a year
felt myself aging every second I stayed alive, wanting to be home
with memories of my loved ones
creeping to the back of my mind
my steps weren't quick enough
and I finally fell to my fate
unlucky was I,to still be breathing
to be home, and yet so far away
I hid my face, a monstrous thing
locked up in my room,
with the lifeless souls still haunting my dreams
so sick of walking outside and being treated like a freak
I couldn't stand it and wrote my last will:
Of all the horrors I have seen,
of all the memories that will never fade,
who ever thought that home would finally pull my string
I wish for my ashes to be spread across the battlefield
where my life was finished by defending my country.


The author's comments:
I can just imagine how soldiers may feel, coming home with every haunting memory following them..
Like Tim Predmore said:
"I once believed for a cause, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Now I no longer believe; I have lost my conviction, my determination. I can no longer justify my service for what I believe to be half-trues and bold lies. My time is done as well as that of many others with whom I serve. We have all faced death here without reason or justification. How many more must dies? How many more tears must be shed before America awakens and demands the return of ,en and women whose job it is to protect them rather than their leaders' interest?

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