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I Learned to Kill for You

November 10, 2015

A poem in appreciation of those who serve us in difficult times and situations.

(click: hear the voice behind the words)

 I Learned to Kill for You

Just 19, I was ferried through the desert
in a copter. We worried that the eternal sands
of this enemy’s land would choke the intakes.

I had prepared for this,
sharpened my shooting eye,
learned to clean, assemble and disassemble,
mastered the correct hold
to choke the air intake of the enemy, to bring death.

Honed my physique,
fine tuned my body to pain,
practiced war games on the video screens,
bonded with these comrades
with whom I would shortly alight.

Now as we step onto the battle field
I am taken aback by the immediacy
of the enemy’s onslaught.
I had worried about how it would feel
the first time –

But found there was no time to feel – or think.
Instinct and reflex governed.

I simply killed for you.

Ray Brown

This poem is  included in my book,

“I Have His Letters Still”, Poetry of Everyday Life. 

Purchase on Amazon – or purchase an autographed copy at  Thank you

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Eddie Ramirez permalink
    June 11, 2010 4:46 pm

    Thank you……….A Vietnam Combat Veteran, 1968-69.

  2. Ray Brown permalink*
    June 13, 2010 10:14 am

    I am touched and honored by your service and your words. I do not know how to express my appreciation and thanks for your service.

  3. November 8, 2010 11:00 am

    Well crafted poem…conveys an aspect of the process of training well.

  4. November 11, 2014 11:30 am

    A powerful poem.

  5. Ray Brown permalink*
    November 11, 2014 1:53 pm

    Thank you. I appreciative of your reading. Regards.

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