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LONG GONE

I am not a veteran.
My dad was a veteran, as well as several of my family members and friends. This is my way to pay tribute to veterans, albeit insufficient.

LONG GONE

The innocence
of my youth
Is
Long gone

For I have
Seen
Too much

Lost more
Than I can
Ever
Recover

You say
“Thank You
For your service
To this land of
The free”

And yet
My freedom
Is amiss

The painful
Memories
Hold me
Hostage

My mind
Is not
Free

Your words
Though well
Intentioned

Take me to
Another place
Another time

I am reminded
Of war
And loss

I am
Surrounded
By uncertainty

I fear
I am a
Stranger
In this land
I call home

I have
Changed
In ways

I can
Not
Comprehend

I am
Proud
Of my
Service

And yet
There is
Sorrow
And pain

The scars
I bear
Run deep

Only my
Comrades
Can understand

But they too
Are
Long Gone
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