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Winter Patrol

Updated on January 12, 2016
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Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

U.S. Navy Seals
U.S. Navy Seals
World War II
World War II
US Marines in Afghanistan
US Marines in Afghanistan

The barren landscape peeks through the wintery curtain

Brown branches, rusted metal, blackened ruins

Barbed wire coils hide like serpents underfoot

Shapes unknown lie frozen in the drifts

The wind reveals them, and then quickly hides

High tension from constant observation

Careful steps, careful ears, and watchful eyes

Every side a place to hide, or a place to die

The colored ground reminds you of the pain

Muddy pathways from the armor

Grease, urine, oil, and trash from the troops

And the blood; pink stains in the snow

Wondering if these sights are our last

Soldiers, landmines, hunger, or the cold

Enemies all around us

Yet on and on we walk in file

Greek Soldiers in 1940
Greek Soldiers in 1940
Finnish Ski Troopers
Finnish Ski Troopers
South Korean Special Forces
South Korean Special Forces
Frozen Bodies of Soviet Soldiers
Frozen Bodies of Soviet Soldiers



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    Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    So cold in Korea that high alcohol nose drops froze in the bottle.

    Good portrayal of what slogging along in the Valley of Death in harsh winter is like.

    A new book entitled something like "The Beauty Of War" takes the New York times to task for running photos that avoid portraying any of the horrors of war. War isn't glorious, and victories have short celebrations. Thank God for courageous men and women who serve the rest of us.

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    Ralph Schwartz 21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    As was I, thanks for commenting

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    Augustine A Zavala 2 years ago from Texas

    I was a soldier, and winter is a bitch. Very descriptive poem, captures the misery perfectly. Thank you for sharing.