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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. 280 reviews.
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
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Catie Holliday More than 1 year ago
Your poem is beautiful, it shows that our soldiers don't just kill unrelentingly they think about what they have done.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
That is so true Catie.
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Alex Avila More than 1 year ago
John, this is one of the best poems I have ever read by anyone, world-renowned poets included. I fully relate to the things you describe, and your poetry invokes powerful emotions within me. It is moving and eye-opening. The format is brilliant, and highly reminiscent of a Petrarchan sonnet. Structured tightly and delivered with such a composed attitude. I love this poem. Truly spectacular. Make it 120 five-star reviews.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your kind words Alex!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Amy Kline More than 1 year ago
This made me shiver. You'relooking at your ultimate destiny and relating it to what you've done in your life because that's what really matters and yet you're admitting that you truly don't know what will happen. It's very honest. I feel that way too.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Amy, Thank you so much for your kind words!
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
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RJ Torres More than 1 year ago
Can't say I can relate, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the brutal honesty with which you write. Thanks for the insight. I only hope that one day there will be no need for such haunting memories to be created.
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
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Andrew Christensen More than 1 year ago
Enough said
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Jaden Brooks More than 1 year ago
great job, I loved this!
Sheri Moroe More than 1 year ago
Ok, wow, John your poems touch my heart and soul. I look forward to your next poem. Waiting patiently.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Sheri, I am glad to see you liked some of my other work as well. Thanks for reading!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Milaena Martinez More than 1 year ago
This poem is so touching, my ultimate favourite of all of your work. Thank you so much for sharing it!!
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Milaena, Thank you for reading and commenting on my work. It means a lot!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Robin Sallee More than 1 year ago
You are very talented and obviously bring knowledge of what you are writing about to your work.
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
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.
Meghan Hemmer More than 1 year ago
Great poem. Very good. The best piece of poetry I have ever seen.
Karen lee bryson More than 1 year ago
You are never going to be called shallow
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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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
Dema Al-Obaidy More than 1 year ago
Where exactly were you sent in Iraq?
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
I was all over Iraq in my three tours there, I was at Balad, The green zone, Al Ramdia, Ku Kirk, Fob Warrior and a few others.
Dema Al-Obaidy More than 1 year ago
When did you come to my country?
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
I was there 1st in 2003, then 2005,2006 and last in 2008. You have a very beutiful country, The wonders always had me in awe.
Dema Al-Obaidy More than 1 year ago
and what wonders have you seen?
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Terry Lyn Kelty More than 1 year ago
I can feel the battle, the pull between right and wrong. Beautifully written
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you Terry!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Donka Krsteva More than 1 year ago
this poem teaches me about war more than a best-seller war novel would.
doina More than 1 year ago
John, did you see Gabi's poem "Musical Afrodisia "-top poem all time 143 reviews , just desapear !!!! We don't trust to post new poem !!!
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
I here you. Strange stuff going on here now adays. I really hope they figure it out.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Donka, Thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot!
Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Mathilde Dumas More than 1 year ago
So moving.
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
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Courtney Schantz More than 1 year ago
Was very refreshing to read! :D
Grant Spooner Roberts More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet, and so meaningful
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thanks Grant!
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
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Kemeal Myrie More than 1 year ago
Thank you for serving for the country
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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Amber LaBreck More than 1 year ago
Wonderful poem indeed. very emotional.
John Lowe More than 1 year ago
Thank you Amber!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
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crizmistie qynn More than 1 year ago
Excellent!!!
Bong Herbert Guitang More than 1 year ago
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Tochukwu Esq More than 1 year ago
great
Kattilina Vanessa More than 1 year ago
You are a very talented writer. your poem really touched me, I don't know many soldiers but I'm quite sure they few that I am close with would relate to this. Thank you for posting and for your service, without people like you my family would not be safe and free. so thank you from my family we owe you and your brothers in arms everything!
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
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