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P.W. Covington

PTSD - "The War Within"


Put This Shit Down
Put it down on paper
Read it aloud
Let it see the light of day
Show those that weren't there
What was there
What is there

The truth is horrible
But never as malevolent as lies and secrets
Lies and Secrets started this shit in the first place

Put This Shit Down
Put it dowm,
So that it's there
Somewhere tangible
In lines
On paper
In a little book
Up on a shelf
So that it's not just loitering in my mind-
Like a gunship
Banking slowly to the left...

Put This Shit Down
Put this shit down, Doctor-
I've killed because I was just too tired to care
Too scared to scream
Too numb for morality or reality to matter much

Put this shit down...
And tell me, if my sentence..
This life..
Fits my crime

And talk to me of peace
If that's what's on your mind
And you can put things down that you've never experienced...
I'll allow that-
Because I do understand
The need we all have to

Put This Shit Down

P.W. Covinigton - February 18th, 2008


P W Covinigton is a contributing writer at The Poetry Showcase ( ) which is a wonderful website dedicated to strengthening the voices of both experienced and aspiring writers by providing free poetry webspaces.

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PTSD - "The War Within"

The statistics are staggering. PTSD and it's associated disorders of depression and substance abuse will affect OVER 50% of our returning Service Men and Woman. Add this to those suffering (mostly in silence) with PTSD from past conflicts . . . the ramifications are gravely profound.

Below are a few Links to Learn More how To Help, Educate and Heal those suffering with PTSD, their Families and Friends.



Post Traumatic

Frontline Documentary "A Soldier's Heart"

Poetry in Motion: Using Art to Process PTSD

Healing Combat

Insom contributing Alt-Journalist Jeremy Hogan, a son of a Vietnam Vet dealing with PTSD, has a poem of his own experiences in the "War Within" Click Here To Read his poem at Healing Combat



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