Terry D. Sutherland


IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: August 6, 2007
Awarded: August 6, 2007
He purchased his pint of courage
At the liquor store today
Now it was time to forage
For a meal that required no pay

He could do without the food
But the drink he had to have
To drown the sorrow and mood
The liquid was a soothing salve

His hands shake as he drinks
But his mind is steady and sure
At least that’s what he thinks
Its numbing power is the lure

Tomorrow he’ll do the same
And the next day after that
He’ll drown the self imposed blame
For buddies that died at Delat

This poem prompted the response, “Courage” ~ ©Copyright August 5, 2007 by Melanie C. Campos