nbsmithblog...random digressions and musings

Still working on a title (suggestions welcomed).

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Or having the ability to wash itself,

or tie a shoe?

For me, it is but temporary, a mere blip.

But what about those whose loss is more permanent?

Those who have lost an arm? A leg? More?

And the unseen wounds of war? The PTSD?

for those twenty and thirty year old kids?

The time away from family

in deployment after deployment

The experiences of the battlefield,

friends and foes alike lying in their own blood,

with their own losses.

“They volunteered,” the old white men say, the ones

too old to do battle themselves.

Complaints fall on deaf ears as the soldiers are sent

again and again

to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and beyond.

“Let’s send in ground troops,” the hawks say, the ones

who rake in the profits,

never considering the loss to

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About Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, was a trial attorney for 25 years and has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy on numerous occasions. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland State University for several years and served as an Interim Associate Professor of Law in the clinical program at Case Law School. In 2009, she returned to the small southwestern Michigan community where she was raised, and wrote a novel.
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