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I have let the war fade away

Blood shot eyes

awake in flashback nightmares

screaming in silence.

Lost in guilt ridden violence

everyday is a brutal regime

there’s no distinguishing no changing

what I have done?

Screaming victims is the war won?

A burning temper

a cold December

I try not to drink.

Realities torment I try not to think

every time their faces come back to me

I stammer when I talk,
I just can’t be

screaming victim is the war won?

My family tries to support

my ravaged soul

I see the flames

they are burning out of control

in the distance a ray of light

paralysed by anxiety

I look to my family

Is the war won?

I am getting beaten

but I won’t back down

I forgive myself

I won’t back away

if there is a god

they’d forgive me I pray

I have let my war fade away…

This is a poem about PTSD.
If you are affected by the poem or suffer with PTSD please contact.



By Daniel Hooks
AKA Alienpoet on Facebook

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.