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The Eclectic Pen - Wounded in Iraq--A true but heartbreaking story

By: Malina L.  
Date Submitted: 3/15/2007
Last Updated: 3/16/2007
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 411

  The day came that you had to leave
I dreaded that day it made me grieve

I prayed faithfully every second and every night
as our little girls and I held hands so very tight
"Lord PLEASE bring him back alive
because those insurgents do not want him to survive"

Time after time they shot at you on patrol
as you and your men took cover in that hellhole

But with just two months to go
I got a phone call with the hardest blow

He said he was a Casualty Assistant Call Officer
and that you'd been hit by an IED
there was major bleeding from the artery in your neck
and we'd just have to wait and see

3 days past with no further word
and the government couldn't tell me where you were

Everyone said that no news is good news
but after 3 days of not knowing if you were still alive
How do they expect a love one to survive?

At last a phone call from Germany
and a nurse handed you the phone
you had been asleep the entire time and didn't know

You were confused and only knew
that the last thing remembered
you thought had come true

You felt the blow and saw the blood
fell to the ground and call out to your bud

The corpsman stuck you in the thigh
with morphine to get you by

You prayed that it wouldn't have to be
that you'd never again see the girls and me

But they operated on you in Baghdad and Landstuhl
as I was at home praying and reading verses from the Bible.

After 2 weeks in Germany they brought you home
and together we were no longer alone.

2 years since that dreadful day
"No more surgeries" they finally say

It's been such a long road for you
but I am so thankful sweetheart for all that you do

5 more years you've pledged to give the Corps
Because your love for this country is forever more

May the people who read this know the pain
that you bore for this country was not in vane.

Only you know the price that's paid
Because you have to live
with the pain that has stayed.

May the Lord bless us one and all
and protect our country so she'll never fall.

Pray for our troops who are near and far
for they are the ones who carry the scar.

(11 months after my husband was seriously wounded in Iraq our 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia and is still undergoing chemotherapy. Our wish is that you cherish everyday with your families. None of us know what's around the corner. God bless! -Malina)

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Marta J. (booksnob) - 3/16/2007 11:40 AM ET
I think that your piece would be much more effective if it was written in prose rather than in poetry form, which is a little too fanciful for the very serious and painful words that it contains. Wow--you've been through--and are going through-- so much. My heart goes out to you and your husband and little girl. I'm an oncology nurse, so I know full well how difficult the chemo is! Please hang in there--and KEEP WRITING!
Malina L. - 3/16/2007 5:18 PM ET
Yes, I understand what you mean. It's funny but I have not written a poem since I was 15 or 16 years old and I thought I'd just put one together yesterday after I found this page so it was quickly written. I am NOT a writer so I'm not sure how to write it in prose without it sounding like a letter that I have written a million times before. I need more practice and more experience I think. Maybe in time! :-) Thanks so much for your kind words. Our sweet daughter is now 6 years old and have just 8 more months of chemo. It's ALL so I'm sure you know how long of a road this is. Between my husband and our daughter we have lived at the hospital these last 2 years. Still, I think we have been very blessed. We have not had to go through the pain of losing anyone. We're still a complete family. What more could we ask for? Thanks again! -Malina
IONE L. (zaneygraylady) - 3/16/2007 9:05 PM ET
How ever you choose to write your story keep on. It will help you deal with what is going on in your life. Your words are in my heart as well as your family.
Judy M. (foreveramom) - 3/17/2007 12:01 AM ET
You're very young to have gone through so much. Your strength is an inspiration and your family will be in my prayers.
Jane B. - 3/17/2007 6:21 PM ET
My heart breaks for the continuing tradegy of Malina's family. I am so proud of her husband! Our soldiers still need us more than ever. My prayers are with her daughter as I know how hard it is to fight against cancer! Pray ---our prayers are with you and yours. Jane Bartol
Sandy B. (mountainmom) - 3/18/2007 11:27 AM ET
beautifully written, and so very sad. I will pray for your daughter (I have a 4 year old granddaughter) because I cannot imagine the pain of having a child with a life threatening disease. Mounainmom
Susie W. (swhite) - 3/20/2007 12:11 AM ET
Thank you. I felt your pain and even your sweet gratitude.
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