Warrior Poetry: Joy and Fear

Updated: October 4, 2013


By J.E. McCollough


size0Joy and fear would mix

In my mom’s voice

Every time I called her from Iraq.

I didn’t know what to say,

Except to lie.

To say I was safe.

How do you tell your mom

You almost died that day?




  1. anon

    October 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I had a passing moment
    It went by in a blur
    It raised my pulse a little
    And caused a thrill of fear
    But moments like that are fleeting
    And soon they disappear
    The moment that I fear the most
    Is the one that comes to stay
    The moment when a stranger tells you
    That I have died today
    I don’t control the moments
    I just survive the ride
    Enjoying each precious passing moment
    Because I am alive

  2. Michael Highers

    October 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I usually waited a few weeks then said, “oh yeah, I got blown up awhile back but its all good”

  3. Grok

    October 23, 2013 at 4:54 am

    In the same vein: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/02/13/write-a-love-letter-like-a-soldier/. Still waters run deep. Live this day as it might be your last.

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