The reasons for undertaking this book project were strongly facilitated by America’s invasion of Iraq, and the consequences and challenges of war. I have mourned those who have died and have celebrated their honor with those who continue to complete their Mission of Peace.
His eyes were crystal blue. He looked so proud in his uniform. I remember the day I read about his Black Hawk diving to the earth and the consumption of his life by the flames. I never met this soldier, but his eyes haunted me. They were the eyes of a hero. I cried throughout the creation of the poem "Heaven's Hero.” It was written for him, and his service is the beginning of my poetic journey in the land of Iraq.
There is no bias here. This book does not speak of my opinion of the war, but it does speak of peace and loss. It is my hope that you will become inspired, educated and feel a deep sense of gratitude towards those who have chosen to protect our nation.
War is a choice .When the voice of democracy screams to be heard, it cannot be silenced. Those who hold courage close to their hearts, serve selflessly abiding by the rules and regulations of heroism. Their memories of war will always be there. The many sights and sounds of conflict will play like a silent movie in their minds throughout their lives.
Although this conflict is oceans away, it is my hope that American’s take but a moment in their day to remind ourselves that our blood and tears are on the sands of Iraq fulfilling a dream for those less fortunate. The dream of Democracy.