U.S. Army Captain Adrian Massey has a love for his country and a love for writing. The Michigan native and Eastern Michigan University graduate served two tours of duty in Iraq and continues his career in the military.
Capt. Massey drew even closer to his pen during his first tour of duty in Iraq. The majority of his book, A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life (Robbie Dean Press, $14.95) was written while stationed in Iraq.
"I am a poet by life experience and Army Officer by trade," Massey writes on his blog.
Some of the poems draw on his personal musings, as seen in Carousel:
Carousels are filled
with intricate detail;
blue colors, red colors, green--all Colors
Carousels liken unto life:
a wonder when observed,
a joy, even, if you relax and enjoy the ride.
Listen to that music,
Hold on to that bar;
Other poems are obviously influenced by his military experience, such as The Bugle Calls, a tribute to his fallen comrades:
…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; in never ceases, always plays.
You are remembered and respected
as I pray for you, having been a witness
at the windows of your soul.
Capt. Massey describes his poetry as "edgy," but he makes it very clear that he is committed to the soldiers and serves his country proudly.
As our country's Independence Day observance approaches, may we take time out to reflect on the sacrifices that many have made in the name of freedom.
For those of you who appreciate the commitment made by our veterans and soldiers on active duty, Capt. Massey's book, A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life, will be a wonderful commemoration.
About the Author: Adrian Massey was born in Detroit, MI, and raised mostly in Wayne and Inkster, Mi. He graduated from Wayne Memorial High School and earned a degree at Eastern Michigan University. He is married and has a daughter.
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