"I am Ready"
his trip into Iraq published. Can you please insert it somewhere into your
newspaper? Also, if it does make a page, could you please let me know so that I
can be sure to direct people to the website:-) THANK YOU.
"I am Ready"
As my convoy passes the gates of hell, I am ready.
Shot at me, try to blow me up, I am ready.
I've been through training and practice runs, I am ready.
We've armored our trucks and loaded our weapons, I am ready.
Day breaks and the sun cuts across IRAQ, I am ready.
Burned out tanks and trash litter the streets, I am ready.
Eyes cut glares and looks of suspicion, I am ready.
I see tiny hungry faces waving at the passing green trucks, and I am not
Little ones who's only crime is location, and I am not ready.
Willing to block a massive iron truck with frail little bodies, and I am not
The orders are clear, we are not here for them, and I am not ready.
Children as old as my own, some younger, and I am not ready.
Children who see us as hope, yet get nothing, and I am not ready.
Still smiling as we pass, no food given out, hope presented, no comforting
word spoken, and I weep.
I weep for them, the ones who we are not here for, the silent victims of a
country in the final stages of anarchy. I weep for the boxes of food strapped
to our vehicles, as they crest the hill and leave nothing but tire tracks
behind. I am not ready and I weep. I think of my own children, safe, warm and
fed. They can be taught love, compassion, and giving, and I realize,
I AM READY.
Spc. Richard Adams
Operation Iraqi Freedom II