The best way to describe this book of poetry is to let the works accomplish this task. It should be very apparent that this poet reflects not only about his role as a soldier but that as a friend and as a person of the world.
Carousels are filled
with intricate detail:
blue colors, red colors, green—
Carousels liken unto life:
a wonder when observed,
a joy, even, if you relax and enjoy
---Listen to that music,
---Hold on to that bar;
EXISTENTIAL STATE OF MIND
Existential complexity of mine—
literally, of mind.
Life is what you
The mind is where you are, or
where you want to be.
This Iraq sand is golden, the sky
a violet and blue-brushed
Tensioins, slight and warlike
ride the air;
all is unknown.
Yet we are optimistic, and living
with smiles and the stain of emotions
on hearts, from loved ones left behind.
We are of all shades, cultures,
and minds, existing while seeking
We are soldiers.
I am a soldier
in an existential state
of mind. Still breathing,
still dreaming, mentally
escaping, continually, loving—
and I will be
THE BUGLE CALLS
(For CPT Terrance Wright, 1LT Jeremy Wolfe, and our Fallen Comrades)
Having been a witness at the windows of your soul,
where we shared goals, dreams, and life
stories, I listened to you speaking of wanting
to marry and have children. I watched
your silent faith speak volumes. Having been
even prepared for war, no one is prepared to lose
a friend and comrade like this.
Although your journey shortened, a Soldier's soul never dies.
A flag is folded for you, and the bugle's tone vibrates
similar to your spirit in the air; it never ceases, always plays.
You are remembered and respected
as I pray for you, having been a witness
at the windows of your soul.
Tears run sharply down
my face and theirs, my hand goes sharply up,
fingers to the corner of my right brow.
Young paratrooper, you are remembered.
These three poems are very different in style. The messages touch on different facets of life, a light of light-heartedness, provocative reflection, and respectful tribute to those who have passed. The poetry by Captain Adrian D. Massey is not all the same—not the messages or style. This collection of poetry is a fine representation of the new poetry of the 21st century—bold, unpatterned, and, still, full of provocative messages.