A Warrior Poet


* From: A warrior poet – Los Angeles Times *

Brian Turner’s ‘Here, Bullet’ is a soldier’s view, in verse, of the war in Iraq.

Brian Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army. One of them was as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. That experience left an indelible impression on Turner and resulted in his book, “Here, Bullet,” from which these poems are drawn. His new book of poetry, “Phantom Noise,” is to be published in April from Alice James Books.

What Every Soldier Should Know

“To yield to force is an act of necessity, not of will;

It is at best an act of prudence.”

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

If you hear gunfire on a Thursday afternoon,

It could be for a wedding, or it could be for you.

Always enter a home with your right foot;

The left is for cemeteries and unclean places.

O-guf! Tera armeek is rarely useful.

It means Stop! Or I’ll shoot.

Sabah el Khair is effective.

It means Good Morning.

Inshallah means Allah be willing.

Listen well when it is spoken.

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