Reginald Walker

Rookie - 3 Points (July 9,1964 / Marion, Alabama)

(updated) The U. S. Army Ranger, A Poetic Series, On The Verge Of War 7 - Poem by Reginald Walker

Book Two: On the verge of war

(This is a fictional poetic series and short story about events that never take place and about people that have never existed. Any representation of an actual event or person is purely coincidental in nature.)

Mission Seven: Assault against Shad Port

Our unit crosses the Amanastan border.
Helicopter gunship flies ahead as support.
The mission is Operation Restore Order.
We will invade a city called Shad Port.

Within thirty-six hours from our notification,
Fighter jets lands at the forward staging airbase.
We prepare to launch a major combat operation.
For some, this is the first enemy they will face.

Six jets led the first assault against Shad Port.
The pilots streak off into the starless night sky.
Hit by enemy fire, two pilots were told to abort.
The rest continues towards the horizon in the sky.

A second assault is led by the U. S. Army Rangers
Fifteen companies were sent to invade by land.
We will accomplish our mission despite the danger.
We are sent occupy the capital city of Amanastan.

The Amanastan militants attack us in the open field.
The helicopter gunship blows most of them away.
In the battle, one hundred militants were killed.
At least that what tomorrow’s newspaper will say.

(Copyright 2007)


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 30, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 12, 2011


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