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IT NEVER GOES AWAY!

“The soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”…..Douglas MacArthur

The above painting “After Afghanistan” by Ben Quilty (Australian War Memorial )

really tells the story without uttering a single word.

THE NEVER ENDING STORY

It’s not the bullet, shell or I.E.D. that kills you

it is the awaiting of the inevitable

day in day out it never goes away

even when it’s over

it’s there to haunt you

day in day out it never goes away

Your dreams are not of love and beauty

but of barren landscapes with not a drop of water to be seen

just blood, flesh and more blood

day in day out it never goes away

The terrifying screams of the wounded

the explosives and whack of the bullet 

that hits the wall near your head

day in day out it never goes away

The fear that wells up inside you 

as you pass through the gates of the compound on patrol

It should be routine but what’s routine in this land

nothing is normal apart from fear, pain and death

There’s no end to it

day in day out it just never goes away

JPB

Australian War Memorial -https://www.awm.gov.au

Be aware, remain aware,

Jimmy Bee