Submissions and Excerpts from Veterans
BAGHDAD ISLAND MANIFESTO II
by JD Murgatroid (Iraqi and Afghanistan Combat Medic)
How can we find time for arts and recreation
when we’re still trying to get the water and electric right?
What about the infrastructure
of the soul?
(This place just gets me thinking of where
the revolution truly needs to take shape.)
We can spend all day
but why not pave some pathways of poetry?
Freeways of music expanding to the sky!
Remember all your
masters of the aoud?
Here, looking out over these rustling leaves, singing birds
-Something great is missing…
the movement of
beautiful men, women, and children,
passing through with laughter and