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I have seen

I have seen the sun set in the frozen valleys of Bosnia.
I have seen it rise in the burning dunes of Iraq.
I have held a new born child as it breaths its first breaths of life.
I have held a dying soldier as he breathed his last.
I have tried to give life and I have taken it.
I have felt the seething anger deep inside.
I have lost love and cried.

Do these actions make me a God or a devil?
On my judgment day I will revel.
Because then the truth will be known.
And maybe just maybe I will finally find a home.

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John Lowe More than 1 year ago
More of my life
Poetry.com 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 281 reviews.
Sharief Allie More than 1 year ago
Very well written...great stuff
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Edemir Castano More than 1 year ago
this was very touching. thank you.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
I am glad you enjoyed it Edemir!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Hunter Fullen More than 1 year ago
Amazing poem. It is amazing how much a simple deployment can turn a gorgeous poet, into a land of his own. Wonderful minds these soldiers have! Thank you for your service!
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your kind words Hunter.
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Wayne Curtis More than 1 year ago
This is a truly touching composition.Keep on writing. look forward to reading more.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you Wayne!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Alexis Scott More than 1 year ago
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John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thanks Alexis!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Taranum Bhatia More than 1 year ago
the sense of confusion is palpable... a soldier must be ready to follow orders and accomplish mission objectives despite the pricking of his conscience along the way..... and its also correct that nobody knows the answer because " On my judgment day I will revel. Because then the truth will be known "...
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
kenny urwin More than 1 year ago
Very deep and meaningful. Cant wait to read more. Thank you for serving this country.
Asim Nehal More than 1 year ago
Very well said
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Brahmakumar Balakrishnan Dtm More than 1 year ago
Thanks for sharing the woes of war!
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
You are welcome. Thank you for reviewing.
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Gabriela Apostol More than 1 year ago
it's extremely touching and beautiful! well done ^_^
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
So glad you like it Gabriela!
Gray Matter More than 1 year ago
5*
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Sami Issawi More than 1 year ago
I love the conflicting emotions that this poem stirs up, switching between beauty and tragedy so seamlessly, very good work
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Alan Nemtsev More than 1 year ago
your not a god or a devil just a man with a heart and a duty god knows better
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
I hope God does know. Thank you for your comments!
Stephanie Hanvey More than 1 year ago
so breath taking...
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Gillian Halstead More than 1 year ago
You have a breadth of living that is beyond most of our experience. Poetry must give you an immense sense of grounding, as evidenced in this poem.
Victoria Shultz Gauci More than 1 year ago
I have a nephew who has returned from his first tour of Afghanistan. He is not the same person as when he left. I pray you will find peace and happiness when you return home. Your poems are honest, real, and touching. You express yourself well. I hope they help you to release your pain and frustration. Thank you for serving us and your country. God bless you.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
I will keep you nephew in my thoughts. Sometimes things are temporary I hope his is.
Shannon Marie More than 1 year ago
This is amazing. You went through a horrific experience and made it into poetry. My brother has not had the joy of doing that yet. Congradulations.
Neil McLeod More than 1 year ago
A good comment for a wonderful poem. Might you like this one? http://poetry.com/poems/696038-The-Wrist-Watch-of-Flying-Ace-Mills
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
Nice and excellent Review Kindly review my poems http://poetry.com/poems/819939-Your-Love-Is-Like-The-Planets-In-The-Universe http://poetry.com/poems/818964-YOU-ARE-LIKE-MY-GUITAR http://poetry.com/poems/818642-SHADOWS-IN-MY-MIRROR http://poetry.com/poets/295129-Bong%20Herbert%20Guitang/814487-Tears-On-My-Ink http://poetry.com/poets/295129-Bong%20Herbert%20Guitang/797794-KEEP-ON-WRITING#
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Joyce Carol Gibson More than 1 year ago
heart felt experiences expressed well and with thought provoking words.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thanks Joyce!
Cruzz More than 1 year ago
I felt that poem. Well done.
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow
Alexandria Johnson More than 1 year ago
You are neither God nor the devil, you are a soldier who did his job and has sadly endured so much pain while placing your own life in harms way. Thank you and may God always Bless you. With great respect I thank you for sharing your writing. Be safe always.
Jessica Bernard More than 1 year ago
You have to do those things in war. You protected my freedom. We were at war then. You did the right thing. Trust me.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Jessica, thanks for reviewing!
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Justina Dickson More than 1 year ago
You moved me.
Miranda Breedlove More than 1 year ago
The words you have wrote are extremely powerful and tell a story of your life all in one. Thank you for posting this it shows me another side.
Sharon Houser More than 1 year ago
Loved the poem and thanks for serving our country
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
Nice and excellent Review Kindly review my poems http://poetry.com/poems/819939-Your-Love-Is-Like-The-Planets-In-The-Universe http://poetry.com/poems/818964-YOU-ARE-LIKE-MY-GUITAR http://poetry.com/poems/818642-SHADOWS-IN-MY-MIRROR http://poetry.com/poets/295129-Bong%20Herbert%20Guitang/814487-Tears-On-My-Ink http://poetry.com/poets/295129-Bong%20Herbert%20Guitang/797794-KEEP-ON-WRITING#
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Sharon Pitman More than 1 year ago
Amazing job sharing the emotions within your struggling heart......I pray that you will find peace
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you Sharon, your words are heartfelt.
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
rare
Laura Leigh More than 1 year ago
No one can truly appreciate what you do unless they have been there but your words express the effects of being a soldier. Check out my poem At age 19. It was about my great uncle who served in WWII.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Laura, I will check it out. Thanks for reviewing!
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
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