A PRIVATE WAR /Written by Janice Tindle

“There are Nazi’s in my head,”
Looking upward, his eyes filled with dread,
“But I won’t go where I’m led,
I’ll stay here and fight instead.”

My father spoke slowly and low,
There was only me, I was only to know.
I didn’t let my horror and sorrow show,
But I knew, it was time for him to go.

” I love you and your mother, so I fight,
Things they tell me deep in the night,
I won’t let them get me, I know wrong from right,
All I have to do is, keep out of sight.”

He was losing his mind to the tumor inside,
As big as an orange, on the left side.
It had to come out for I couldn’t abide,
My father’s private war in which he lied.

There can be no greater love, I think,
Than to rescue a loved one going over the brink,
The longer it was there, the further he’d sink,
I couldn’t just wait for his senses to replete.

And so the day came when surgery was here,
But my father would not live to see the next year,
He left us happily catching butterflies in empty air,
The Nazi’s were gone, and so, was the fear. JT.
(End of poem.)



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NOTICE: NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, from my website janicetindle.com may be use without a request in writing to me. Permission, if granted, will be done in writing. Failure to do so will result in possible prosecution. I am the sole owner of my words and at point of publication on this site it is copyrighted as mine. - copyright 2012 Janice Tindle In 2010, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries when hit by an under insured driver. It changed my life. I now live with Dystonia, a rare and painful neurologal disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and abnormal posturing. There is no treatment or cure. The best one can do is treat the symptoms. You can learn more at DMRF.org. I try to write about people and things that help and inspire my readers. You can find more of my story by going to helphopelive.org. I am also on Facebook, where I have five pages, Pain Brain -Anti- Inflammatory Foods, Brain Tears, The Positive Posters Page, Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Page, Janice Tindle- Writer. I am also on Twitter and LinkedIn. Simply Google my name and my published articles should appear. I've been published in Fearless Caregiver, Today's Caregiver, TBI Hope and Inspiration Magazine, The Mighty.com, and several other publications. I am currently a caregiver for my dear mother. My hope is to someday finish my books, "Get Back Up!" and "Galicia's Granite" during my mother's lifetime. Your interest in my care, recovery and writing is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Comments are welcome.
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2 Responses to A PRIVATE WAR /Written by Janice Tindle

  1. janicetindle says:

    There was nothing to be done to save my father’s life.


  2. Thank you Cheryl, I’m glad you liked it. It goes with my other poem The Soldier Who Wore Gray.


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