THE SOLDIER’S PEN (for Douglas, who fought The good fight, 11/2/11)

Posted: November 2, 2011 in Poet; Writer; Author


(for Douglas, who fought

The good fight, 11/2/11)

The wretched battlefield stretched before his burning eyes

Smoke a Soldier breathes when War drinks sinking lungs

He’d seen this chaotic scene before

When a smile erases mid-way before its fated fall

Felt the lunge of adrenalin rise to the inevitable occasion

Maneuvers that yet caught stillness off-guard

Tactics waged unfairly beyond his concession

Enemies like ravenous Cancer, hungry and hidden

Soundless as tortured clouds Rain has strictly forbidden

Combat over beloved country, cherished heartland

Crusade to intercept shrapnels of gasping love

Family, friends, that precious lifeline in the balance

No turning back, no time for bleak, denied vision

No safe haven of oblivion; now in the throws

To conquer all that was never forgiven

Determined and bound to reach the front lines

Before powers outside his control aimed

With their meticulous precision and focus to

Detonate his innocent Soul.

His Poetry sung miles of crippled pain

His music hummed deep wounds of  wordless shame

Profoundly each day he would feel the distant Sun

Go down, its lonely darkness stealing his sacred name.

But he vowed to consume the good hurt for Them

He would fight the good war to obliterate sin

And no matter the Call to Arms

He would forever lay down his heart to tell the story

Asking only that the Bullet spare his bleeding Pen.

© Copyright 2011 ♥Susan Joyner-Stumpf


  1. beautiful Susan….My father was in the army for 21 years.. He fought in Korea when I was a baby. and fought in vietnam twice on the front lines.. Bullets flew passed his head and God spared His life for years.. He realized what the Lord had done for him and came back to the states and became a minister.. The ones that have gave their life I praise God for them.. And their families that lost them I pray for them.. This is a hard life.. these people are so special.. they are not selfish are at all.. they give their all.

  2. drtruthman says:

    Just wonderful Susan in so many ways. Your words, the graphics and your very soul jumps off the page to remind us all of the utter reality of the many wars fought both personal and global and the associated pain and sacrifice.
    Thank you Susan for this beautiful yet sensitive poem.

  3. Thank you Deb and Lee. This was written for a special FB friend…who wanted me to create a graphic and poem about the Metaphor of War…how we protect land and country; but then what about the War in our lives, the war with love, with poverty…that battlefield of life where shrapnel is just as painful.

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