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Casualty of War

Casualty of War

By: Jon M. Nelson

 

With a terrified look upon his face,

I wonder what he’s doing in this place.

There are bombs exploding and bullets flying,

He’s curled up in a corner scared and crying.

 

I know that he did not ask to be here,

And I know he’s overwhelmed with fear.

Where are the parents of this child lost,

As he screams out in this holocaust?

 

I can feel his pain as I see his tears,

But his cries will fall upon deaf ears.

The sounds of war drown him out,

A Soldier's Prayer

A Soldier's Prayer

By: Jon M. Nelson

 

Now I lay me down to sleep,

And hope my dreams are thoughtful and deep.

I pray that tonight I’m not awaken,

By bombs exploding and the ground shakin’.

 

I hope that I can get some peaceful rest,

And wish that the next day will be blessed.

All I want is to sleep through the night,

So that tomorrow I’m ready for another fight.

 

I pray my dreams are of my family,

As I make sacrifices to keep them free.

May you watch over and keep them safe,

A Daunting Task

Several weeks ago, I was asked to write a 350-750 word article for the CEO Magazine on leadership for entrepreneurs and CEOs. Having been a Marine for over thirty-five years, mentored by some of the Corps's legendary leaders, and having led some of America's finest young men and women, can you even begin to imagine containing myself to 750 words? Wow! Well, it took me several weeks, but I was able to get the article down to 829 words; I simply could not cut another word. I hope they accept it. Stay Tuned, and Semper Fi fellow writers. Jim,

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