What He Carries

By: Kristen Zuchowski

He carries his equipment
He carries his uniform
He carries his ammunition
And his weapons
But he carries much more
He carries his heart
His memories
Though most importantly
He carries his bandana with Psalm 91 printed on it
The bandana is everything
It’s his inspiration
To keep going
He already carries the weight of
lives on his shoulders.
Why not carry something light?
All he has is weight and thoughts.
Though quoting,
“I will rescue him; I will protect him”
Again in his head
He can keep going
He can keep hauling
What he carries is something else
Something that will never leave him
Something worth fighting for…

(Sergeant Winston Daley wears a bandana with
Psalms 91 printed on it.)