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The Calm

by Andrew Jones

Amidst the calm
The sky is clear
Clouds moved on
But the storm rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Amidst the calm
The rubble smokes
Heat is gone
But the fire rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Amidst the calm
The air is still
Howling is gone
But the wind rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Amidst the calm
The waves glide in
Caressing the sand along
But the water rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Amidst the calm
The grass is soft
Mountains are strong
But the Earth rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Amidst the calm
The explosions silence
Men’s lives are gone
But the battle rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Amidst the calm
All is well
We are where we belong
But the anger rages on
Rages on amidst the calm

Andrew R. Jones is a Marine Corps combat veteran who endures the struggles of Post-Traumatic Stress and a mild Traumatic Brain Injury incurred in a blast in the Battle of Baghdad, 2003. He uses writing as a therapeutic tool, hopes to find peace within his heart, and prays for the ability to motivate others to heal as well. He is published in a number of literary journals and magazines, and will be releasing an anthology in the summer of 2013 titled Healing the Warrior Heart, focused on the struggles of post-war life. He currently resides in Phoenix with his fiancée and two sons.

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