Recently I read and wrote a review of ‘A Hell for Heroes by Theo Knell’ and as I mentioned before, there were several poems included in the book. I would like to share a couple of these special works below.
Who are these strange beings?
whose special calling turns my world upside down?
For saving a life,
whether it be friend or foe, matters so much more to them
than me taking one.
A feeling of guilt rushes over me
as I watch them working frantically to save a life,
a life which minutes before I had tried so hard to take.
Torn, I will share in their sorrow if they should fail
but feel anger should they succeed,
robbing me of my kill
Whether saving my brothers in the heat of the fight,
or wandering the killing ground when the battle is done
in search of my enemy’s life to save,
their task is endless.
They spend each day covered in blood,
and every night grieving
for those they couldn’t save
These are our ‘Medics’, half soldier half saint
What if I fail
to meet the expectations of my leaders
to cope with my fear,
crumble at the bloodshed
or succumb to the horror of what is to come?
I can’t fail
to complete the task I’ve been set
to take the war to the enemy
to carry out my duty
to support my brothers
or help them win the day
I didn’t fail
to move forward
to stand my ground
to take a life
or defend my position without faltering in any way
It’s only now,
now that I’ve proved myself in battle,
now that I’ve seen my friends suffer and die,
that I’ve earned the right to be called a warrior.
God help me
Poems by Theo Knell from his book ‘A Hell for Heroes’