Buried in sand and rock and ocean for years
My solitude a trickle of salty tears
Hidden from sight and love
Hard shell protects
My life gone in a flash like gunpowder
Don't take me for your chowder
F. Stanton Blake is a Bronze Star decorated U.S. Army Veteran. He served as a Captain in 1/8 Infantry Battalion, 4th ID during OIF I. F. Stanton has the proud distinction of being the fourth generation in his family to serve in the 4th Infantry Division during combat. His is a published photographer, advanced SCUBA diver, licensed general contractor, ordained minister, entrepreneur, and proud husband and father. His poetry career began during his sister's wedding.