Poetry-Loving Soldiers Form Group in Iraq

Among the U.S. troops serving in Iraq, a small group of soldier-poets convene to share their verses. At Camp Victory, a U.S. military base at Baghdad's international airport, the "poetry jams" occur every two weeks.

Poem by Staff Sgt. Jimmy King

Why do you want to kill me?

I came to help you

I asked you to stand up and fight but I only see a few

So I ask, why are you trying to kill me?

I came to set you free

I left my life to help you and your wife

Why are you trying to kill me?

I'm here to set you free

Day after day I go outside the wire

I pray I come back and don't expire

Why are you trying to kill me?

I ask you again

I don't want to die for your sins

I spent billions of dollars to set you free

You spend millions of dollars to kill me

Believe me when I say I am ready to leave

I feel your pain

I see your plight

But now it is time for you to stand up and fight

Stop trying to kill me and you will be free

Poem by Sgt. Sean Smith

We went from Victory to Liberty and now we are at this new Stonehenge

With the silent dolmans standing round

As though tombs were set upon the ground

We are being walled in and we don't know where it will end

Will we be totally enclosed as concrete that has been posed?

Around our trailers like upright stones

As though they were some ancient bones

From some strange creature seen in a movie feature

Or will they be removed someday?

When we at last can finally say

We've done our job and all are free

And we can go back to Liberty

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