This isn’t one of the flowers from my show and “Poems for Her” but will be in my book!
Dawn Breaks before my eyes and your six thousand miles away.
I see the fire start to rise right before my eyes.
I feel the flea’s inside my shirt biting down on me.
And I think about you in our bed safe without me.
Dawn breaks another day its been two years of this.
It seems to me that this dry place has made me hate the sun.
And as I look out on the horizon all that I can see, is sand forever and then forever more.
Dawn breaks before my eyes I wonder who has died.
I hear mortar fire far off in the hills I bet its them again…
killing some of us.
Dawn breaks its night where you are.
Safe in our green land.
I can smell your hair and feel your skin as I look at this dry place.
I see your smile as I think about who’s that way out there?
Is it a friend or will I have to kill again today?
I killed a man yesterday as I thought of you.
My soul died with him as he fell to the sand, I wondered who he was!
But this is war so they say, so I hold on to that thought.
Without that thought I just might crack up!
I am not the kid who left your arms two long years ago.
You asked me when I was back on leave if I had killed someone?
What could I say but a lie “I never shot my gun”.
When every night someone’s been shot and I am dying with him too.
I am here to kill thats my job to protect my country’s needs.
But what they are I still don’t know but then I’am just a Joe.
Dawn breaks as you sleep I think of you each day.
Without you there I’d go insane this place is so unreal.
To think that children have no choice but to live with death each day.
And all I ever knew when I was young was will the Yankees win.
I look into their tiny eyes an ask what will they do when they grow up?
An then my captain says to me watch out they’ll kill you too!
I look at them so young so small, their eyes have seen it all.
And all I ever knew back then was swimming in the pool.
I don’t think they’ve ever seen a pool or know even how to swim.
But one thing as I look at them I see that their old men.
Dawn breaks as I think of you another day has gone.
Its night time here I’ve watched the sun roll away again.
And with its setting in the sand I see a new night come.
And with the night gun fire comes from the hills again.
I watch as I see gun fires light coming from the hills.
My minds grown cold to its fire I’ve seen so much of it!
And deaths at times can be a friend just to leave this place.
Its so crazy here thank God you’ll never know such fear.
Thank God I have a safe place this night the shots are miles an miles away.
Next week it will be my turn to ride up in them killing hills.
So this is my time to think of you safe in bed.
I ask myself as I pray that I get home safe to you.
Oh lord don’t let me get killed by sniper fire tonight.
Nights are long in this place they never go by fast.
It seems to me that time is dragging it’s lazy ass.
Nights are lonely and days are long it seems like fifty hours in a day.
I scratch myself till I bleed these damn flea’s it seems are working with the enemy!
And now I see the sun come up again full of angry fire, as if its in protest of this hateful place.
The flea’s have made a meal of me each and every night.
It seems they are the only ones who will win this useless fight!
Dawn breaks and I wonder who has died?
One day closer till I am home safe in bed with you.