Category: Freewrite

One cigarette

One cigarette

I wake up in hell. My back hurts. My back always hurts since I came here. Something happened in Kuwait when I was dragging equipment through the sand in a windstorm. A ripping in the muscles I think. Now the endless hurt. Groaning, I rise from the bed, pull on a pair of shorts and …

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Make America great again

Make America great again

The world isn’t ending no matter how you voted. Trump is going to be the next President. Barring acts of god or other forces beyond our collective control. MAGA By the way, America was never great. It has had moments of self-awareness, and little flashes of excellence, but America can’t be made great again, because …

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Aftermath

Aftermath

“People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five Ten years, nearly, since I came back from my first experience of war. I’ve learned a lot since then. About the lies society breeds into us. About flags and nation-states. I hope I’ve learned a bit about …

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