What's It Like?

I’ve been here for six months, and I’m beginning to think

That my national identity is being veered towards the brink

Eight months, I am well set to war, work and the culture and structure of a nation that is not my own

I’ve been here going on a year, I have nothing but fading memories and pictures of day to day life in my home

As my comfort with life here increases, my discomfort of not knowing life in the USA goes up as well

Uncertainty of heaven increases with my growing content in this hell.

As I board the plane home, I have to wonder aloud after a year of being my country’s spear’s pike,

In the United States of America, what’s it like?


Out of the service, and I find

Out of sync to the normal, is my mind

Been told I walk funny, called jittery for scanning rooms, my use of “sir” and “ma’am” is excessive

Friends tell me I’m too impatient, too quick to anger and my vulgarity, smoking and drinking is way too aggressive

Large crowds, packed highways, things we were told to avoid overseas in the service,

Are part of day to day life here, but they make me nervous

I have to wonder aloud as I fight just another war against mild PTSD and to live a normal life,

In the United States of America, what’s it like?



  • orchidee

    A fine write JW. Well I'm no help - I'm in the UK, so I dunno!

    • JWKP98

      Thank you. And God bless the British for fighting the GWOT alongside those who serve from my country.


      GOOD AFTERNOON FRIEND ~ BRIAN (UK) HERE ~ Thanks for sharing your fantasy poem ~ based on the reminicsences of an American Soldier posted overseas to fight the very elusive Enemy in the GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR ! From the perspective of the British Military (Im 35 and live in a Garrison Town ~ from whom I hear many reports) you have painted an accurate piicture. Our Troops are Bewitched ~ Bothered & Bewildered by whats going on around them and in the UK due to BREXIT & BORIS. Sometimes our Militia serving overseas ~ are only told what the need to hear. As afr as the USA is concerned (in case nobody told you !) YOU HAVE BEEN TRUMPED !

      Blessings & Peace & Joy
      Yours B & A ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™

      • JWKP98

        Thank you for the validation of accuracy and for taking the time to read my poem. I'm glad you like it.

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