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The Pointman: A Veterans Day TributeIt is just past midnight. My team and I open up the door of the Blackhawk helicopter and I feel the wind blowing on my face. Finally getting a clear view of the town, I flip down my night vision goggles. We are in central Pakistan on an elite mission. I am on my ninth deployment with the SEALs in Afghanistan. The United States Sea, Air, and land unit is part of the Navy. Working my way up the ranks for 11 years put me in an elite team called the NSW Development Group, DEVGRU for short. We are a very special team, and we are highly trained for all situations.
“Twenty minutes,” the pilot says through the radio. At this point I can see our building. Our mission, which is highly secret, is to rescue a captured U.S soldier called Private Joseph from a Taliban hideout in Pakistan. Over the past few months, the CIA has gathered Intel about the building and who is keeping Joseph hostage. Now it is our time. The idea is simple;
You're Not A PoetYou’re not a poet because of strung words
Together on row upon row again
Of blank verse or perhaps liberal rhyme.
‘Slam’ all you want, other poets wonder;
Your ignorance of couplets a blunder?
Yes! I speak harshly, but it’s no gross crime,
To point with honesty failed verse of thine.
No real poet discards upper case words;
Lets prose crawl on paper like listless worms.
You seek to free verse of those stern letters,
Sever away bleak capital fetters,
But it doesn’t sing of great speech sublime,
Rather, it sneaks of writing in spare time.
Wait! before you throw me in the icy Rhine;
It’s hard to put verse together in rhyme,
To make our dull words sound great all the time,
Hear them ring out loud, like a clear clock’s chime,
Heralding a poet’s summer prime.
Yet the sacred muses weep at your crime;
Your pentameter mangled thick like slime,
The subject not gilded in raiment fine;
Your bold ink font, crystal waters divine
Tastes bitter to the ton
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Lilyas has dedicated herself to making our community a brighter place with her vibrant artwork and infectious enthusiasm for interacting with others in our community. It has certainly paid off, as many deviants flock to her page on a daily basis to let her know how much of an inspiration she is. We absolutely agree, and couldn't let all that hard work go without recognition, so it's with great pride that we bestow the Deviousness Award for March 2014, to ... Read More