The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

At age 23, Noah Pierce took a handgun and shot himself in the head. It could have been the memory of the Iraqi child he crushed under his Bradley. It could have been the unarmed man he shot point-blank in the forehead, or the friend he tried madly to gather into a plastic bag after he had been blown to bits, or it could have been the doctor he killed.
Alas... such is the Price of Aggression
We, as a nation, seem to believe that, win or lose, the war is nearly finished, done with, history. Unfortunately, for hundreds of thousands of American veterans and their families, the war is anything but over.
Just something to mull over as Bush exits after 8 horrendous years.


President Bush strides out of the White House, the lawn turned into a cemetery

© Ross MacDonald and Virginia Quarterly Review

Related: A Poem for the Last American Soldier to Die in Iraq by Brian Turner


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