Karl R. Svanberg

Karl R. Svanberg: Iraq – 2003Karl is a retired soldier who served over 15 years of his service career with 101st Airborne Division. He is currently residing in Clarksville, Tenn. and working as a civilian contractor in support at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Since returning from Iraq in 2003, Karl has had a lung biopsy at Vanderbilt Hospital, which revealed constrictive bronchioles, an inflammatory and fibrotic lesion of the lungs.

“I have found poetry to be rewarding to write and read. I would like to share this poem from my experiences of War.”


“We All Shine like points of Light,”
We come together from all different walks of life.
Our attitudes are Big and Tall full of Valor.
For when the nation will call we are willing to fight.
Experiences of friendship, and Camaraderie that shine like stars at night:
As we discuss, our family, and loved ones, and stories of home.
With one quick flight in our memories we are home.
We depend on each other for our survival of such a cherished life
We are all common regardless of our walks of life
For we come together to hang on our stories of family.
And loved ones for what we shared for life.