In Honor

photograph taken by AP photographer Nick Ut on June 8, 1972 - Trang Bang, Vietnam
photograph taken by AP photographer Nick Ut on June 8, 1972 - Trang Bang, Vietnam | Source

Here On This Journey

Here on this journey

I carry a torch

for the many who are lost

and the few who keep this flame eternal

I carry the memories

of my brothers who exposed me, yet sheltered me

of my sisters who I could not keep from falling

and the children who played in the streets of chaos.......


Catherine Povloski 1997

U.S. Marines of Mobile Assault Company, 1st Battalion that provide security to a U.S. State Department election observers team secure a polling station in Sinjar, 390 km (240 miles) northwest of of Baghdad January 31, 2009.
U.S. Marines of Mobile Assault Company, 1st Battalion that provide security to a U.S. State Department election observers team secure a polling station in Sinjar, 390 km (240 miles) northwest of of Baghdad January 31, 2009. | Source

Whose war?

Whose War, Whose War?

I'm here to fight Whose War?

in this land that I train for,

merely a man, nothing more.

Issue my ammo, my kevlar and flack

my weapon is ready so let's do the job, jack!


I have a home to defend while I'm fighting Whose War?


My wife, she waits yet

with our child I've not met.

She writes me of raising our brood

amidst all the wars our nation's acrued.

Corporate War, Drug War, Class War

Energy War, Gang War and so much more.

So good to know she is on my side

in Whose War? we too, are surely a force allied.

All of these wars are Whose War? to me

just another name of a war where I'll be....


Catherine Povloski 2011


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