Shredded Water

Facing the tempest, My feet clamber onto bulkheads, Ship rocking in her wavy bed, Gun grease soaking all, Cocking back I unload with furry, Shredding water in historic victory, Smoke floats exploding, Cheering in the background, Dark cloudy sky, Shadowing our war visage, Cloaking us in obscurity, Each round a testimony to our dedication, Ending…

On Our Way Home

One of my favorite photos, were in formation on our way home from the OIF & OEF war in 2003. Our ship participated in both theaters of operation. USS ANZIO CG-68 named after the Beach Head and Battle of Anzio in WWII that allowed the Allies to take foothold in Italy and move north to…

Mary Jane Strikes

Mary Jane smokes the bullets away, Washing over hazy bay, Mary Jane smokes the explosions away, Washing over sinking submarine hatchway.

Mission

Rolling out again, Boots hitting dusty ground, Take that rifle and hit the sand, Ground and pound, Lift this, lift that, Run about a lot, Hot, sticky sweat, Never washes off, Stuck in deserted waste, Don’t worry about moving with haste, Sun beating down, Sweat on tanned brow, Numb brain, Dehydrating sun, Missions to plan,…

Military Career Moral Booster

It is amazing how the little & big things change your life over time. What once may have been a battle is a notch well done and things I have overlooked or pushed down come back and haunt me. Walls built up are torn down in seconds from a flash of memory, sound bite, photo,…

ToGether

One morning I looked in the mirror, Standing there looking twenty years older, Mentally believing myself twenty years younger, A sailor, living the dream, High seas of life, ports of dreams and fantasy, Head over heels for the love of my life, Now bitterness separates us, Vowing to throw love in the river, Rowing the…

VETERAN

Boots on my feet, Living a hundreds of fleeting dreams, Memories float like stars all about, Catching glimpse of an old me, Young, fit, and motivated, Standing out, shining bright, Medals that mean nothing, Awards for jobs well done, Paper trails everywhere, Automatically judged and alienated, A lot of us get caught by drink or…

Naval Musings

Let me regal you with a tail about Marines, paint thinner, khat, and the first AIDS Clinic of Djibouti City, Africa. This will be short, but funny enough to stay around for. I, RP2(SW) was assigned the task of getting volunteers together from Camp Lemonier to go into city and renovate a space to be…

HOMEBOUND

Far away on open sea, Praying with all my hope, Wising I was already there, Lonely staring at haze gray bulkheads, We chug knot by knot, Towards homeland shores, Far away land,

FRENZIE

Dogged down hatches, Alarms blaring overhead, Speakers blaring, Men & woman shouting, Ship heaving against wave, Rolling in heavy seas, First blast hits topside, Sending seaman and officer to, the Davy Jones Locker, Bullets flying in air, Sweat and grease mixed with blood and sea, Glaring through smoke filled air, “4 O’clock, 80 degree turn”…