If you had
seen what we have seen, upon the field of battle,
If you had watched as
comrades fell, and heard machine guns rattle.
If you had heard the scream of
shells as they hurtled overhead,
If you had wondered deep inside if you may
end up dead.
If you had heard the bullets whine as they travelled to and
Not knowing if the one they sought were either friend or foe.
had known the taste of fear, whilst lying in the dirt,
If you had prayed
aloud to God that none of yours were hurt.
If you had seen the
devastation every war can bring,
And felt the tears well in your eyes as they
began to sting,
If you had known how silence falls when the shell have ceased
Youíd know without the slightest doubt that every war must
If you had suffered later on when your time was served and
If you had suffered flashbacks, dreams and terrors of the mind,
you had lost your way in life, through illness none can see,
If you had known
just what itís like to suffer mentally.
If you had lain awake at night
when you had come back home,
If you had worried, wept and terrified that you
were all alone,
If you had lain there in the dark, convinced that no one
And asked yourself so many times why your life had been
Your mates had gone and others too, some you did not know.
guys who fell and would not see their tiny children grow.
brothers, cousins, sons all lost before your eyes,
Return in dreams or other
times and leave you asking why.
If you felt guilt, remorse and pain, that
you returned unhurt,
Whilst other souls had been struck down their blood
spilt in the dirt,
If you had known that through all this, the pain, despair
There are those who care and strive to show that you need help as
The demons now that visit you and fill your heart with pain,
can be banished, all of them and one need not remain.
If the dark and painful
path you take, seems a cold dark lonely night,
Seek out the help that you
deserve to help you see the light.
There are those whose wish and call
remain, to heal your wounded mind
Their help and love and strong support, is
unconditional, true, and kind.
They know your hurt, and how you feel, their
wish to help your plight,
They need your help to make this work, for alone
they cannot fight.
If you could open up your heart and let out all the
Release the hurt and suffering, but let the good remain.
help is difficult and a painful thing to do,
Fear not for you are not alone
there are others suffering too,
If you find it tough to ask for help in
this your darkest hour,
You cannot deal with this alone, itís not within
Just speak to those who offer help, lean on them for a
Regain your strength, and catch your breath and learn once more to
This time will pass, the memories fade and things will then
If you can find that inner strength to make the most important
Your days of pain will soon be gone the darkness turn to light,
nightmares fade, the terrors dim, no demons in the night.
this has made you think these words apply to you,
Take heed of this, I know
it works, for I have been there too.