19 MILES to BAGHDAD

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19 MILES to BAGHDAD

19 miles to Baghdad,

I don’t feel so all alone…

Sometimes I get to talk to you,

Via the video-phone.

19 miles to Baghdad, and

I’m writing you this postcard,

Just to take away the fear…

Actually, it’s not so hard.

19 Miles to Baghdad, and

One thing I’ll never hear,

Is G.I.s writing home to say,

Wish you were here.

19 Miles to Baghdad, and

This I’m proud to say…

We’re over here protecting you all,

in the whole U. S. A.

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As blossoms bouquet

A smell of dirty, red wind

Immense bombs stagger

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29 responses »

  1. Oh, my. These words sting:
    “19 Miles to Baghdad, and

    One thing I’ll never hear,

    Is G.I.s writing home to say,

    Wish you were here.”

    My brother (and army lifer) was over there in some strange and terrible places for awhile. Thankful to have him back in the U.S., training others to protect us.

    • Thanks, De. As a military family for many years, I’ve known the fear of sending my husband off to war, first Viet Nam, and right before he retired, he was in Somalia. Yes, we’re always grateful to have our loved ones back safe at home.

      • Yes, definitely. My friend’s son came home but suffers the PTDS, and has flash back, anxiety attack, couldn’t hold a job. Even after he found a job, when the attack comes, he has to leave work. He is now in treatment. There are a lot of veterans, young and old suffer PTSD. We need to support the veteran services also.

      • War is devastating in so many ways. Some of these servicemen and women get sent back to the theater of war, wherever in the world, time and time again. We didn’t used to hear about the PTDS until fairly recently. I’m glad it is recognized as such, now. My husband is a Veteran. I’m glad your friend’s son is getting the help he needs.

  2. The repetition of ’19 miles to Baghdad’ is so effective, as are the lines:
    ‘I’m writing you this postcard,
    Just to take away the fear’
    and
    ‘As blossoms bouquet
    A smell of dirty, red wind
    Immense bombs stagger’.

  3. had goosebumps reading this… touched by it, a superb write 🙂

    happy to know you had family members returning safe. I have my cousins too in defence and it always puts family under pressure when a war or a national crisis is announced…

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