One Last Moment

One Last Moment — A Soldier’s Tribute

by Matt Brown



Air escapes my lungs
Struggling to breathe
The pain is immense
Growing with every haggard breath

My life doesn’t flash before my eyes
There is no white light
Just searing pain

Engulfing the rest of my existence

This day has come
My eternal rest waits
Consuming me
Another gasp

Holding the reaper at bay
At least for another instant
But he looms close
To claim his prize

Taking my soul
To some distant plain
My heart is slowly sliding
Growing tired

Calm sweeping over me now
Giving in to my fate
A hand touches me

The time has come
For me to leave this world
Something better
Or worse awaits

I’m at peace with it
No way to fight
No use
One last breath in this world

One last glimpse of life
A final moment
I float into darkness
No more pain

Recommended Reading

You can read more about Matt Brown’s combat experience in his chapter in The Triumph Book: Heroes.  Lash & Associates have taken some comments Ms. Davis has written from her webpage to give  you a glimpse into what the book is about.

To truly understand or appreciate a difficult human condition, such as our veterans face, it requires much more than numbers and statistics to awaken the kind of compassion, sympathy and dedication that it takes to make a difference. It takes stories: putting a face, a name and a life to the challenge or tragedy. It is by storytelling that we truly relate to each other and that is why Melanie Davis compiled The Triumph Book: HEROES. As you read, you will fall in love with each of these veterans. You can’t help it, after all they have literally been willing to give their lives for you and many still suffer for it today.

They show the power of the human spirit to face hell while striving to build heaven: a condition in which people live in freedom and peace. These stories are funny, sad, frightening and enlightening. Each story is simply titled by the name of the veteran with their military branch, highest rank achieved, theater in which they fought and years served listed beneath. At the end of each story is a “Behind the Story” section where Ms. Davis shares how she came to find the veteran, what he or she may be doing now or other interesting and pertinent information about the veteran and/or the war they fought. Ms. Davis highlighted some of the organizations which exist to support veterans in hopes that they may receive greater awareness and assistance to accomplish their missions effectively, reaching many more veterans in need. It is Melanie Davis’ hope that you will read or listen to this book in its entirety and then recommend it, or pass it along, so that others may have their awareness, appreciation and support of our veterans increased.

One response to “One Last Moment”

  1. Very touching and beautiful, Matt! I am glad you are here — and here to speak for veteran TBIers. I always wonder if my father, a marine on Iwo Jima, had TBI. I know he had PTSD. I lived with it as a small child, experiences for another book.

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