NATURE & LIFE: A POETIC JOURNEY is a soulful collection of reflective poems inspired by our beautiful natural environment, that furnishes the foundation of all our lives, and by family, friends, places, and events that are common to folks everywhere. Jeanette’s varied topics and spontaneous overflow of moods and feelings take you on a journey through nature and the seasons and provide an opportunity to vicariously experience love, joy, heartache, inspiration, and perhaps a generous measure of uplifting.
Included are personal photographs of me, family, friends, and landscapes to complement various poems.
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Spc. David Miller, US ARMY
and all veterans
whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their heroic and unselfish dedication to serving their country
The Bravest Battle
The Gulf War Battle and Anti-Nerve Gas
Left wounded soldiers in its wake,
Young innocent men disabled for life
With fragments of broken lives to remake.
Their dignity and character oft gone unrecognized
When residing inside the private well of pain
Where one’s intimate and personal world
Is a lonely challenge that seems all in vain.
The soldier’s heart craves health and normalcy
Which they’ll never suffice to have again
Bearing the brunt of war-torn bodies
Making the most of life—doing the best they can.
The ultimate bravery of an afflicted soldier
Found in silent nobility seldom observed
Is the aftermath of fighting bravely for his country
Struggling with a shattered life beyond repair.
Greatness grows from the torment of misery
While building strength and fortitude to survive
Inspired by his struggle to glean satisfaction
Despite trials he must bear to simply stay alive.
And so, picking up the pieces of existence
Putting a disabled life back together if he can
Marks insurmountable greatness that a soldier has
The greatest battle of all—the bravery of a man.