The Warrior Within

The Warrior Within BY KURTIS STEIGMANN On the battlefield, fighting for life, I look to my right, and there’s a soldier on the floor, not dead, but screaming, not dead, but pleading, not dead, but bleeding, No one can help him because everyone is struggling, as I watch the man scream, I can’t stomach it,… Read more »

by Kurtis Steigmann 5 months ago

The
Warrior
Within

BY KURTIS STEIGMANN

On the battlefield, fighting for life,
I look to my right,
and there’s a soldier on the floor,
not dead, but screaming,
not dead, but pleading,
not dead, but bleeding,
No one can help him because everyone is
struggling,
as I watch the man scream, I can’t
stomach it, I run towards the man, but he tells me to
turn back,
But I’m concerned that,
he’s hurt bad,
he tells me to leave,
so I turn back,
I said he will be fine,
I hope he heard that.
You’ll be fine, I hope you heard that.

2 hours pass,
it’s mostly settled now,
the shooting has settled down,
but I’m thinking of this soldier,
as time grows older,
is it too late, is it over?

No, it can’t be,
he told me to turn back in a heartbeat,
now there’s tears running from my face,
and my heart bleeds,
I can’t breathe,
and I can’t grieve,
I’m still fighting for the army,
intense regret, he could’ve been saved,
now it’s too late, he could’ve been saved,
now it’s too late.

I look to my left, I see struggle,
a man trying to take his life, with the pills that the doctor gave him,
I’m thinking that I’ve got to save him,
and I’ve got to save her,
I’m feeling the same hurt,
but so is the woman that raised her,
it’s a cycle that never ends,
a cycle that takes life but doesn’t give,
consistently worrying what others think,

I ask if I can help,
what can I do,
the man replies,
I’ll be fine,
come back later,
I can’t let him down,
like the others do,
but I’m also ill,
I’ll return once I heal.
2 weeks pass,
and I’m feeling better,
I’ve been thinking about the man,
he’s been on my mind,
but I’m better, so I’m sure that he’s fine,
I walk into his flat,
when darkness bleeds it’s all black,
the emotion makes me fall back.

Intense regret, he could’ve been saved,
now it’s too late,
he could’ve been saved,
now it’s too late.

This is the real struggle, that many face,
they say that time heals,
but they’ve not got many days,
moments away from asking for help,
but then they hesitate,
the phrase “man up”
is very strange,
so help the man that displays the pain on
his face,
and help the man who doesn’t say his
pain,
for many they live in a constant rainy day,
this ever-evolving cycle of pain,
let’s rise up to pain,
and fight another day.