Night falls Danger close

bernardtwindwilGranddad & story teller,
Autoplay OFF  •  a year ago
I have written this amplified, whatever it is, story/verse about my version of leadership in war. But really about leadership anywhere.

Night falls Danger close

by bernardtwindwil

Fire calms the cherries Feigning bravado

A cherry is a soldier on his first mission in combat. We only operated behind enemy lines. Our casualty rate was 165% We spent 300 days a year in combat fighting 50-80 to 1 odds

Fright in all shapes Second guess threats

There were tigers, leopards, panthers, and bears, oh my. It was their home, not ours.

Each step a gamble Play jungle roulette

There were 5 types of cobras. And a snake we called the "two-step". If you were bitten you only lived for two more steps

fear in the water terror on the land

There were crocodiles, leeches, and the world's only poisonous freshwater snake. Mosquitoes carried malaria and dengue fever. The water itself had choler and amebic dysentary

it all will kill you dread is palpable

The starlight scope came late to the jungle. It spotted things you didn't want to see.

We dressed for the dance Would this make us brave?

We had silencesr, special rifles and pistols. We carried 20lbs of explosives and grenades. We carried 500 round of ammunition a piece.

Many ways to die How do you survive?

The enemy attacked at night. We wore green they wore black neither one is coming back

One man with no fear He stalks the danger

The sergeant could see well at night. He was afraid of nothing. He exuded confidence. It calmed the men. Most people with ADHD do not feel fear.

He was in the night The night was in him

The sergeant knew how to move silently and taught the others. He never tripped on "tanglefoot" vine or snapped a twig.

Cunning and daring He led with swagger

Leadership builds confidence. Training is part of leadership. Training saves lives. Repetition until it is second nature. Don't think, survive.

All know the mission To come back alive.

The only thing that matters is staying alive. A good leader keeps his men to return home to their families and future.

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bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller,
a year agoReply
@poppyruthsilver Thank you, that is exactly what I wanted to do. In the movie "2010 Space Odyssey" The Russian commander said, "A leader can be wrong, but never indecisive."

a year agoReply
Wow, really makes you think, a most poignant piece...thought provoking...

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller,
a year agoReply
@carlafischer Thank you. Fear suffused every element of the men's lives, fear they would not go home, fear that they wouldn't know how to act if they got there, fear of dying a painful horrible death, and also fear that they would not die well with dignity. My job was to take all that energy wasted in fear and repackage it as the desire to get home. We used to say, "If Vietnam did not make you crazy, it was because you were already crazy when yoou got there."

carlafischerBronze CommaAuthoress · System Programmer
a year agoReply
A gripping, thrilling story, slide by slide, with lots of details I will have to read multiple times to grasp. A gigantic world opened in my mind when I read it, threatening and overwhelming, with many things leading me back to my own time in the armed forces so, the story has me, anyway. You got the point regarding what good leadership is and yes: The truth therein is of general applicability. Wonderful piece of work!

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller,
a year agoReply
@sydney Thank you, but I forgot one sentence in not having fear. Most people with ADHD do not feel fear. When normal people would be going whoa! be careful. The ADHD people look on the same thing with curiosity and want to touch it.

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
wow. what a powerful story. thank you for giving us a glimpse into your story and leadership