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Writer's Block: In Memoriam

It's Memorial Day in the States, a time to remember those who have died while in military service. Who would you like to remember today?


My maternal grandfather, who was my hero as a child was a prisoner of war missing in action in WW2. i don't know what he went through there, but i can only imagine it was terrible.

This picture is for him. I painted it last summer when i had my nervous breakdown and thought i was being visited by my grandfather in the form of a ghost. He has always come to me through my dreams and last year i felt his presence and that he was trying to tell me something.



This is the photo in the painting. It was taken when i was 12 years old, less than a year before he died. He was trying to help me out of a very bad situation i had gotten into and he was the only adult i ever trusted.



I also want to dedicate this memorial day post to all the soldiers in all the wars, including the ones here on the streets who are suffering from PTSD. Stay strong.

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daylight_broke
May. 26th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Maybe your grandfather came back to you in spirit form in real life and in your dreams to simply remind you that he loves you. I don't know. But it's obvious your grandfather loved you unconditionally with his whole heart.

My heart breaks for the soldiers who come back to the US with psychological and emotional problems. So many of these soldiers commit suicide.
djcliche
May. 26th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
i know to some degree my grandfather dealt with ptsd. he was an alcoholic for many years and was quite depressed. he was sober the last 7 years of his life though. and i know he loved me very much. it hurts to think about it though.
and it is very sad how many soldiers commit suicide or end up living on the streets. when i was spending time on the streets a year or two ago, i met a few soldiers from the current war who are back and living on the streets, addicted to heroin. i met a few others in the psych wards. they are not given the proper help most of the time and it ruins so many lives
daylight_broke
May. 26th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
I used to wonder why people did drugs. And it occurred to me that one of the reasons why people do drugs is to numb the despair and pain they feel.
djcliche
May. 26th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
pretty much, yup.
jacq22
May. 26th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
This is sad but beautiful. Your Grandad truly loved you. For his memory keep going and live as well as you can. You have his eyes I think?.....Thanks the photo is lovely.
djcliche
May. 26th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
thank you. he was an amazing man. he looks pretty old and worn out in the picture, but i actually look a lot like him in his earlier days
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