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A Marine's Poem - from Iraq

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A Marine's Poem - from Iraq

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death;
I look at this war and I’m exhausted, and so out of  breath!

I look to my spirituality for an answer to appear.
I’ve seen fellow marines die and “death” is what I ultimately fear!

The days seem to never end, and this desert is extremely hot!
I’ve witnessed the death of my friend and I ask God, why he got shot?

Yesterday, our platoon leader took a hit; two bullets to the back!
I want my country to know that we do this ---- for her and hope we make it out of Iraq!

I think about my family and I miss their warm and tender essence.
I wonder if my girlfriend thinks of me… I can’t wait to feel her presence.

I hope death doesn’t come for me; that I make it out of this hell hole.
I pray God forgives me for defending country; that I do not lose my soul!!


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  1. Date: 7/4/2013 2:56:00 PM

    God bless you always on this 4th of July day. Same reason , different war SAD;{

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 10:37:00 AM

    god bless you marine...semper fi

  1. Date: 8/31/2011 4:00:00 PM

    Heartfelt piece, Jimmy! Well done! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 5:59:00 PM

    Semper Fi

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 4:49:00 PM

    Generations of American soldiers know what you do and have you in their thoughts. Stay safe.