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To a Young Man or Woman Headed off to War.

Updated on May 31, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

Secure all you nomenclature, silence is the key to defeating your enemy

Secure all of your nomenclature, total silence is the key to defeating your enemy

Would that no man nor woman should have to go to war but the reality is that you must be prepared, even on the homefront

"Godspeed And Return To Sender Please!"

Please always 
remember to............
Grow eyes in 
the back of your head, 
take notice of all 
the things around you, 
things that before you 
might have simply ignored. 
Develop a three mile stare. 
Sharpen your hearing, 
turn down those 
headphones for a while, 
listen harder for small sounds
tiny disturbances 
other people miss
Go out late at night 
and just study 
all the motion and 
the rustles around you, 
make sure you get your 
hearing checked thoroughly.
Practice being quiet, 
walk on gravel, sand, 
branches, twigs, rocks
and then strive to 
transmit the most 
minimal amount of 
sound possible.
your enemy is always
listening for you
Use your sense 
of smell to try detecting 
any approaching odors 
before you see them. 
Use saline drops to 
keep your nostrils clear.
Use your common sense, 
from now till when you 
leave for any war zone.
Watch your back, your 
sides and your front, 
as if you were in 
a pit of rattlesnakes, 
because you will be.
Get on the right 
track with God, 
he is your best ally 
and his name
as well as your Mom's 
will be the two names 
you will call on the most....
and the last one many 
have called upon.
Strengthen your endurance, 
run till you can't run anymore, 
and then run some more, 
hold your breath until
you can't hold it anymore, 
and then hold it again.
Learn to swim 
without arms, 
using just your legs, 
and vice versa.
Build up your muscles 
to their top potential 
so that they are 
always there for you.
Expect the unexpected, 
have your friends 
try to sneak up on you 
and then catch them in the act.
Clear your head of all problems 
and commitments back home, 
so many have been felled 
after some trouble stateside
distracted them.
Lose all of your vices, 
a cigarette being lit 
has killed more men in battle
then bullets sometimes, 
Alcohol has no place 
there, and drugs 
are the enemy’s 
best defense.
Go in bravely, 
fight hard 
and be confident 
that you can win, 
using all the tools above, 
and some of your 
own from your soul.
Never be afraid or 
reluctant to kill, 
or you will be killed.
You can be merciful in killing, 
make it quick, clean,
and as painless as possible.
For killing leaves scars 
that you must carry all your life, 
let them be merciful scars 
that were wrought for just causes.
Wear your body armor always, 
your safety belts, helmets,
tethers and life jackets, 
no matter how hot it gets, 
no matter what the circumstances.
You would not 
believe how many men 
have drowned in 
two stupid deserts.
Pray often and sincerely 
for God hears a warrior’s prayers 
and if it's in his will he answers, 
and if it's not then you will receive 
a glorious awardfor your sacrifices... 
if not here on earth, then in heaven.
Make no rash decisions, 
proceed slowly, 
trust your instincts, 
and we will see you
when your tour is through, 
A changed person,
but a true survivor 
and a patriot.
There are many
heroes in my book 
but mostly dead ones, 
those who risked it all
to save others.
You don't have to
be a hero, just be. 
Peace to you and yours.
My hopes and prayers
go with you....
my flesh would too but I
am a retired warrior.
Godspeed to you, 
and a Teflon coat of love, 
to wrap around you, 
so that no pain
nor sorrow ever sticks 
beyond the moments 
it is dealt.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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