Friendly arm-wrestling in Afghanistan

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    A U.S. Army Soldier takes a break to arm wrestle an Afghan during a patrol to check on conditions in the village of Yawez in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2010. The people in the village enjoy a friendly challenge. The Soldiers are assigned to the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest

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    1. Tiom Zart 62 months ago | reply


      Thank heaven for the heroes of life
      Who lead us to overcome those who are not.
      The wise are grateful for all God's blessings
      Where fools never realize what they've got.

      America is the grain train of earth
      Whose people exercise rule by their vote.
      All have a chance to partake and prosper
      As they arrive by foot, plane or boat.

      Our freedom relies on the law of the land
      Our future depends on our grit.
      Our past has known both good and bad
      And our mistakes we are willing to admit.

      The grim of heart hate America
      And choose to put her wonders to shame
      The devotion of most who love and live here
      Rise up to defeat the soldiers of blame.


      I know I'm still here so far, far away
      As I fight for what I believe is right.
      I wonder about you and your mom
      Every moment of every day and night.

      The loneliness of war can drive you insane
      If you don't get letters of concern from home.
      Left, right, behind and ahead,
      Death awaits leaving love ones alone.

      We pray to God that we will be saved
      To return home or live the here after.
      Bloody, dirt-covered men, we see everyday
      As we yearn for those times of laughter.

      The far off stare of a fallen comrade
      As you stay by his side till his end.
      No mother ever carried her infant child
      More carefully, than we do a friend.

      Many have their own personal diaries
      To help keep their faculties together.
      Watching hot steel crash into human flesh
      Always makes home seem far away and better.

      I've become an expert at dodging, weaving and diving
      So try not to worry too much about me.
      Just help your mom and stand up from the ground
      And while I'm gone be all you can be.

      By Soldier For The Lord
      Tom Zart
      Most Published Poet
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