ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

War: A Poem

Updated on November 14, 2009
courtesy of
courtesy of

War: A Poem

As I sit all weak and weeping, from my eyes they’re gently seeping

memories wake me from dreams of war

As they ease down my sodden cheek, I don’t dare speak

For I am far too weak, weak from dreams deep in gore

Twas only a dream that made me weak from a past war

Only that and nothing more.


Again I am in Iraq, yet safe at home on my back

back again to this game of which there is no score

In our Humvees we go down the road, supplies is our load

as we drive bombs explode—sounds we’ve all heard before

We’ve heard them once and sure to hear them evermore

Just this and nothing more


There shall never be any retreating; we do without a single bleating

I thought I saw it all but what happened next made my heart sore

Upon this night we got a case, a child was playing in her favorite place

When suddenly the bullets tore through her face, a sight I’m deeply troubled for

During the night, through the dark, hell was brought ashore

All of that and nothing more.


Oh this night all too scary all I wish is to be home and merry

Move us out of this God forsaken war

Battles rage and soon encroaches destiny also approaches

Leaders holler demeaning reproaches, reproaches from behind the door

The ice cold steel fingers of fear scare me through to my core

Simply that and nothing more


Sitting here on the window seat, staring down at my bare feet

Remembering the heavy burden of this finished chore

The things I remember best is the evil done in a terrorist nest

But surely we’ve all passed the test and never have to return to war

But if we do I surely hope this time it’s a bore

Return I vow, “Nevermore.”


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Tom: Thank you so much for your warm comments of praise. I am very happy that you found this poem and in reading it were reminded of your dad. Thank you again.

    • Tom Cornett profile image

      Tom Cornett 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Wesley...As I read this...I remembered my dad telling me stories about WW 2. Your poem is at the heart of being a dad would have read this...loved it and cried. A wonderful work. Thank you.

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you invictus for visiting, reading, and commenting on my war poem.

    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image


      9 years ago

      very touchng poem, Wesley! I appreciate your efforts and wish as well for no more war. Well written!

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      The game of war there is no score was used more as a metaphor of no one wins at war. I am really glad that you liked this poem. Even though I stole the style from Poe.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      all in the game of war....... must be hard, but i suppose you choose that career.... i don't know how you could do it... keep writing, love your work

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Ralwus: Bingo, I can't get nothing past you. I read the Raven, I studied the Raven and tried to put a poem together similar in form to the raven. I hope I succeeded. I am glad that you liked this poem as your opinion of these poems matters a lot to me. Thanks for reading.

      Maven: They most certainly do have ravens here but I have not had any tapping or rapping on my chamber door, and surely have not had any say to me "nevermore." Thanks for reading.

      AEvans: It certainly has been awhile since I've seen you on my pages and am glad that you stopped in to comment on this one. This poem though I built it around Poe's the Raven is 95% true, I never went into a terrorist nest (thats the five percent). The little girl portion is absolutely true and I was haunted by those visions for a long time and it was very hard for me to explain them to friends and family. Time has healed, it has stitched me up but there are times when I still see visions of the little girl. And I duck everytime I hear an explosion while in the states, but not so much here. I am not dealing with PTSD nor ever have been. I merely had to take the time to deal with things on my own terms. Again thank you for reading.

    • AEvans profile image


      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Wesley I hope that time will heal the wounds that you are enduring and I hope that you are not dealing with PTS the poem touched my heart and I felt the pain of war which I wish we would not have anymore. Well written great work! :)

    • maven101 profile image


      9 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Do they have ravens in Iraq.? Nice poem, thanks for the share...Semper Fi, Mac..Larry

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      This is great Wes. LOL Have you been reading Poe? Sorry I took so long to get here as I have been so very busy, but I made it and so glad I did because I really like this one son. CC

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thank you breakfastpop for reading and commenting.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      Great poem, so revealing of your feelings. I thank you for your service and wish you peace and safety.

    • wesleycox profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Hmrjmr: Thanks for understanding and reading.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      I feel ya bro. thanks..


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)