War Poem

From a gunner involved in an attack on a coalition forces Convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rest in peace all involved.

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A Gunner's Lament


Published: December 2011

I was charged with their safety.
My one and only task,
To protect that convoy
From that fatal blast.

Only I could have stopped it,
Could have saved their lives.
It was up to me to see it,
Up to me to keep them alive.

I can't even look you in the eyes,
For I can't say I did my job.
It was up to me to save those lives.
It was my job.

I have to move forward,
Keep on doing the same job.
I'm supposed to be your shield and sword,
But what if I fail? Do they give me another award.



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