Found Poem – Story of War


She awoke to a burst of pain.
Shock and Horror.
Crushing weight, and loss of consciousness.
A U.S. shell had crashed through her bedroom wall on top of her legs.

Poorly designed and fit uncomfortably.
New ones were heavy.
Walking was exhausting.
Sent to a center in Baghdad where she was fitted for prosthesis.

Enormous separation from people.
Heavy depression set in.
All hope was lost.
The accident had taken everything from her: independence, health, dignity, and now, future.

The Future
Dozens of hours of therapy.
Life beyond disability.
Hope and purpose again.
Up on her feet. Left in front of right, right swings in front of left.


Allie Eckman
Frewsburg High School

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