this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters

we honor courage in all its forms

cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.

image and poem below the fold

Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Gary waits for his girlfriend, Staff Sgt. Katana Georgre, during a welcome home ceremony Wednesday Jan. 25, 2006, in Fort Stewart, Ga. Georgre, along with other soldiers from the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division returned home tonight from a deployment in Iraq. Gary returned from his deployment to Iraq a week ago.
(AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

The Water Is Wide
as performed on Bob Dylan Live 1975 (The Bootleg Series Volume 5)

The water is wide, I can’t cross over
And neither have I wings to fly
Build me a boat that can carry two
And two shall row, my love and I

There is a ship that sails the sea
It’s laden deep as deep can be
But not as deep as the love I’m in
I know not if I sink or swim

And when we’ve come to life’s sweet end
Two hearts which naught but death could part
Will we be wed in a life to come
Or must we lie, the water wide
Or must we lie fore’er apart?

The water is wide, I can’t cross over
And neither have I wings to fly
Build me a boat that can carry two
And both shall row
Two hearts shall flow
My love and I
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read Ilona’s important diary at MLW – Returning Vet PTSD – One Soldier’s Story as well her comprehensive series on PTSD and Iraq War vets.

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