South on Route Detroit

By Michael

 Our convoy pushes South past Abu Fayyad and
 into Al Samir 

along  the tourist road ,            
           That long dry route 
east of the Diyala river 
      between Baghdad and Baquba 
Where shepherds wander through sand
like Ghosts on the dim horizon
             With the voice wailing from the minarets
Of the Al-salaam Mosque

       I am pacified for 
a moment at the thought.
That  when the floor beneath me
Giving  way to a flurry of fire
 and shrapnel
 I would  never see it coming.
 Neither would I have time to pray 
for forgiveness nor remember
the Cooing smile my newborn son gives me in the morning.
Because any moment now
I might be thrown screaming from this
gun turret                
 to the cracked dirt mounds in a             
          slumped over pile of blood       
    and Charred Skin 
Driving South
Along the broken concrete 

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Copyright 2012 Michael
Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.     Filed under: "Poetry"

Author's Note:

Wrote this at a patrol base in Diyala Province back in 08' during my first tour in Iraq.
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  • Leineco On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Leineco (59)By person wrote:

    I have to say, this is one of the best I have read here in a long time. It is a very compelling read and held my attention fiercely throughout. Very nice work! (And I thank you for your service in protecting me and my country)

  • A former member wrote: thank you for your service, and this beautiful poem. Brings back memories!

  • BetaWolfinVA On Monday, December 30, 2013, BetaWolfinVA (810)By person wrote:

    excillent soldiers eye view Scholar

  • PoetessDarkly On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, PoetessDarkly (764)By person wrote:

    I am totally lost for words why you aren't published I would so buy your poetry

  • Michael On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Michael (15)By person wrote:

    Thank you so much. I would like to be published but in all honesty I would rather give it away for free. It is therapeutic for me to write about my time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • FadedBlues On Thursday, December 6, 2012, FadedBlues (2279)By person wrote:

    ...nice write, from the perspective of combat...

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