Shellshocked = PTSD ...........

This last image of my father as
perfect as a father could be
He turned but once and gave a short
easy wave and then walked to the rolling sea

Olive green wool and canvas a
battle helmet over eye's filled of tears
The easy smile of a big man
nothing for him in fears

Yet war is but a trick on the human mind
magicaly will alter his soul
Turn a boy well into a man and then
make him pay the toll

Boy to man and back again the blood
staining his thoughts and visions
The hero minus the boy that left
yet altering his every decision

Now they call it PTSD and even know
from when it will begin
It begins with the very though of war
even now mans original sin

But kings and queens will cast a spell over
man willingly the patriots flood
Yet before the war is over even
the victor can taste the blood

Ever notice that the taste of blood is
a taste but once you'll always know
Yet the kings and queens know not the
flavor nor will they ever go


Just a few lines for the soldier , and when I write a 'he ' , i mean of course for the woman soldier too , there are so many true patriots among us !

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Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi ahorseback.

A wonderful acknowledgement to the men and women that fought so we may live in freedom.

LOL Ghaelach


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Thank you Gaelach........I keep thinking of my dad long gone and suffering from this for a lifetime !


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

Just beautiful! I voted as such. Shared and tweeted. I really enjoyed how you get to the heart of it. awesome work. take care


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

The words you wrote are beautiful and wonderful. We need to give more honor to all of our military, men and women.

Thank you for writing this.

Voted up.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Very descriptive about the story of wars and that they are often begun by trivialities and greed, and the suffering of thousands are always at stake. War has been used to exploit the people of all countries for centuries and in today's world, the very mention of it..can have a devastating effect on the many.Thank you for sharing these truths.


Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

Awsome, ahorseback. War never goes away in the minds of a soldier as they continue their 'normal routine'. Normal isn't normal anymore


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

The internal scars of war never heal, and, as you write, the ones who start them never go. Up!


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lorlie6 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

ahorseback-beautifully written, my friend. 'Shellshocked' was quite the euphemism for PTSD years ago and did not begin to describe the inner devastation of war.

Thank you.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

There are no sufficient words to accurately describe what an awesome and stellar write this is. I commend you so for such a stirring and proud ode to so many who made sacrifices that last a lifetime. Especially those loved ones who carried on after a brave soldier made the ultimate sacrifice.

I am voting this up and proudly sharing.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I know one of my uncles who served along with my father in the war came back shell shocked, he was no longer the same young man who left with so much optimism and bravery. He was half that man upon returning, living in hell for the rest of his life. My father often said his brother wished he had not come back at all, rather have died as he was walking dead for the remainder of his natural life. Beautifully written and express as always my friend. Voted UP and shared.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

I simply wrote this one for my Father ! Jo Goldsmith , Thank you so much .


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Michele , My Father suffered tremendously his entire life from PTSD. I often wonder about how much one can endure ! Thank you dear lady !


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My husband suffers from this. It is a terrible disease of the mind. Some things are just too much for the human mind to handle and we are never the same afterwards. Beautiful poem.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Becky , I am so sorry for you and for him , It is an atrosity , a curse on man by other men ! ........May you both be well !


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

i simply adore your work and your words, sir! soo much said with class, tact, and beauty! You're soo right - the kings never taste the blood - but have no problem sending others for a drink..

i was diagnosed with ptsd in 2005 - i denied and refused the label because i felt the fraud - i hadn't been to war, therefore..

sadly - war is not the only trigger, but - i fear it will become a prevalent factor in society now that the troops are coming home..

i'm a little afraid of what effect it could have socially..ps..love how you include women..adorable..lol

miss ya Cowboy..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

If it were not for the young and brave, I wonder where we would be today. Beautiful, I'm thinking of my friend Dusty. Thank you my poet friend..


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I liked this too! Voted up!


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

My Father paid heavily his whole life for just being a patriot ! A changed and broken man , I have often though I wished I'd known him Before !....Thanks for sharing this !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Yes my friend , and it seems only worse today ? Don't you think !......sharing is awesome !....:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Xstatic , I vote the heros up , Like you Im sure ! Thanks my man for stopping by !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Lorlie! , And as well for those who never soldiered for one day ! Its far too prevalant around us , and I hope you are well my beaautiful friend Keep smiling ........:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Shining Irish eyes, My Father used to humm that ,"when Irish eye's are smiling " to my Mom when he was teasing , In spite of wars toll, they loved each other , although at times brokenly !.......Thanks for sharing this .


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

My man Vincent ! oh man . Was that ever my Father !.....enough said , Hero's come from many different colors and makes ! Be well my friend !


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

ImKarn , There is no fraud in having it for real , Young lady ! PTSD is an evil illness , Those ilness' of the mind often effect the body too you know . I know you are as tough as you are beautifully put together , BUT take care of you for us ! Are not women as in need of healing too ,my dear girl ! I demand that you take care of YOU!...Ed


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Always YES ! Dusty was truely a hero , and we know that heros can't always reach out ! The image that surrounds them is like a double edged sword ! Isn't it amazing this connection we have on hubs !.......:-}


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

Pavlo , Thank you sir , and our heros are everywhere aren't they !......all sides , all nationalities , all the time !......Thanks for sharing !


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Great tribute there are so many great men and women who bravely face war and we must always honor those who fall. Passing this on.


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ahorseback 4 years ago Author

GypsyRoseLee , You are always so kind ! Thank you and have a pefect holiday !......Hugs

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