tell me how this ends

Randy Brown

what happens when your war
is old enough to vote?

what happens when your war
is old enough to enlist?

what happens when your war
is old enough to leave home?


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Randy Brown embedded with his former Iowa Army National Guard unit as a civilian journalist in Afghanistan, May-June 2011. A 20-year veteran with a previous overseas deployment, he subsequently authored the poetry collection Welcome to FOB Haiku: War Poems from Inside the Wire (Middle West Press, 2015). Many of his recent poems, including this one, involve interrogating war and conflict as a parent of young teenagers. The phrase "tell me how this ends" was popularized as a 2003 quote by then-U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Patreaus regarding the Iraq War. As "Charlie Sherpa," Brown blogs about citizen-soldier culture at www.redbullrising.com, and about military-themed writing at www.aimingcircle.com.