Trauma Triggers

War veterans have many triggers
they were trained to kill
and by giving them this skill
it causes deep psyche damage!

Conflict zones cement their woes
fighting all and sundry foes
Training doesn’t prepare for the lows
Difficult to take time out or smell a rose

Calm sanity often goes
impatience and anger quick to trigger
reactions before they can compose
Their nerves are so frayed

Lack of sleep with trauma replayed
Family matters often delayed
Tough bravado readily displayed
but they are indeed kind loyal heroes!

Poetry 101 Rehab: Triggers
be aware of the damage that war does!


  1. Wonderful poem! :). It’s just a shame that it exists…what I mean is that if there was no war we wouldn’t need to write such words…(sorry I didn’t mean it in an offensive way, I’m glad you wrote it)
    The war is such a short thing compared to the after effects veterans go through, some may never get to a good place 😦

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  2. Too many relatives in too many wars. To young ones in the Army presently.
    I agree with your assessment. We can only hope that there is more assistance available for those
    who suffer now than there use to be.

    Thanks for stopping by my post on the prompt 🙂

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    • You said it!
      I’m sincerely hoping that now they recognise PTSD and can plug into both psychosocial and physical therapy much sooner that these defence personal might have a better outcome. Earlier help could mean a cure, as apposed to just a patch up job.

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  3. This is a thoughtful poem and it’s very true and sad about those warriors and soldiers who are out in the warfield and fighting for protecting the people of their country, risking their lives !

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  4. Good poem. I liked the topic, style and wordings. It’s true about soldiers and warriors, and that is how life is. In the course of their transformation they gain in some aspect of life and lose in some too.

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  5. I knew a man who had served in Viet Nam in his youth, and he never did overcome his panic whenever he heard helicopters flying overhead. The damage that war does to people doesn’t end when the war does. Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. Bringning us the real – in the past I was in a place where I saw a WW1 vet who used to walk past my place of work, down a main road to get to teh corner deli. He rarely made it, when a truck would hit the large drain, as they mostly did, the truck would make an incredible thunderous sound. This man would stop and do a parade ground drill, wheel, and return home. The shell shock was evident.

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    • My grandfather, father and several uncles were all diagnosed with shell shock or anxiety and depression. So when dad died I worked for years with veterans to understand PTSD as it’s now known .. I come from a family severely war damaged!
      NOBODY should ever go to war!

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