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Jarhead

Fuckin Ay....

Mostly I don't talk about the details of War because with regard to same come the flashbacks. I had an avalanche of them during and after this extraordinary film. Though not my exact genera, Jarhead captures what other war films haven't: The Hell which is in the details.

The details never bothered me before because it was the Details that I relished and savored. The things that made others want to go home made me want to stay. The Smell of a Woll blanket, the drone of tank killers at night and G.I Food.... As a staff sergeant says in the movie, "I thank God every Day he gives me in the Corps."

I spend some of my time cursing God for ever making me stupid enough to not realize I had to stay...and stay close, indeed: I miss it. It is like the best fuck you ever have in your life and afterward you just know that nothing else is ever going to come close.... and sure enough you wish you were wrong.

In this film its easy to spot the lucky ones. They are the ones who seem moronic and give a quick impression of not having much between their ears..but in the final rub they are the ones who realize early on that they have found a home...the others spend a lifetime looking for theirs.

The impact of the scenery is riveting...no one in the packed theatre gets up to go P.P. or Popcorn...it is only after long intervals that you even know that an audiance is there and that is when one of the charicteurs makes them laugh.

An archaic artillery barrage leaves our Hero frozen for a moment..."Shell Shocked". And It teleported me back to my first barrage.

You see, Artillery has always frightened me more so than other horrors of war because unlike the personalized venues of combat, artillery can be dealt by someone far away who sips coffee or tea in perfect safety between volleys. You cant even say, "Hay Motherfucker...I'm gonna get you for that", because you don't even know where he is or that he is reading a magazine with his feet up while you are digging the graves of your fellows. So, that is why I dread artillery...You can shake your fist at the sky all you want but the protagonist remains undefiled and smug as only Artillary officers can be....but moreover my dread is because of my Great Uncle, Pete.

Uncle Pete was among only a dozen survivors of a hellatious Artillery barrage. Because the Army said that no one should have survived, he and the others were studied by the war Dept. until his Death many years later. He told me all about it. How the shells come in...what they sound like...the screaming of men....the way the bodies get tossed up in the air like rag-dolls and the way things get blown out of your pockets.

He told me that I needed to tether everything of importance to me with a cord if I didn't want them blown out and lost forever. I did. I didn't loose anything either but found that the cords tethered me to nearby vines and such which needed the aid of my men to help me get free. Curious....I seem to recall a sense of calm as I remember the "Poof"...the peaceful flying through the air....and the absorption into the vines.....I felt nothing.....tingling....then bewilderment....followed by calm and a strange numbness like when your leg falls asleep.

It is only now...that I feel anxiety during an artillery barrage. ....because now I know what could have happened to me...and how easy it was to toss me through the air like a rag doll.

I have said it many times....I know my friends are tired of hearing me say it, but I still believe the lucky ones are the ones who die with their boots on. Nothing brings this to mind so clearly as when you have a good relationship with a girl and then you wait for her to put her head on your shoulder and ask the question, "So....like, during the war....did you ...you know...ever Kill anyone?."
Home is where you Can Hang ....
It's a trick question. If you say No, then she knows you are lying.....If you say yes, then its only a matter of weeks (Sometimes days) before its over. So I tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may. I lay awake at night looking at the ceiling wishing I could get back into the Shit. I play Battlefield 2, Paint-ball Airsoft and other combat games to keep my hand in and to try to keep sane. But always remember that I'm Not about to loose my sanity because of the Horrors of war, but because of the lack thereof.....and that (I'm sorry to say) makes it impossible for me to ever come home....because when I left the last battlefield...That was when I left Home.....My home was and is and always will be the closest battlefield...It is there and only there that I feel safe and standing on solid ground, (Artillery Notwithstanding).

You Might say that my real Home is the "Suck".

From "Sportbiker Prayer", http://www.livejournal.com/users/oxojamm/3680.html

"The Crippled Child,
who finds a HOME,
On the Nearest Battlefield,
A MINE for a PILLOW!......

With:

The Sweet, Sweet smell of Jas-mine,
and Burnt-Burnt-Cordite,
Syn-thetic Plasma...........

THE-Scent of Gas-mask.......
THE-Breaking Of-glass
DOWN in the Hall......
A CROSS upon the WALL.......
High Rise-Rise
High Rise-Fall....fall.

Cause, who isn't Tempted?.....
to wake the living!
LJ-thanks-Giving!.......
a Girl Up-Side-Down in MY WIND-SCREEN......"

Go See Jarhead....and Remember, you aint lived...till you nearly died.

Vince.


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Comments

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lockednacage
Nov. 6th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
You know, Vince...I never realized you were actually IN the military...I just thought you were an avid supporter. All I have to say to that post is just..."wow...."
oxojamm
Nov. 6th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks Kiddo....All of us in OXOjamm are Military or Ex Military except Brandon.

V.
jourdannex
Nov. 6th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Vince, this is just amazing, all of it. Your recollections, the truth spilt all over the place and the link to the poem/spoken words. I don't think a lot of us who have never been in a war understand it. But from your eyes, I think we can come to understand a deeper part of it.

And any woman who walks away simply because you are truthful is an idiot.

Now I have to go see the film..my brother was in the Marines (or was it Navy? see how close we are) trained to be a Navy Seal and then suddenly up and moved to Tennessee and left it all.

oxojamm
Nov. 6th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Jour;

My buddy who is a white water rafting Guide told me once, "Vince...it's great...It's almost as good as Combat."

I know that paradoxil statement holds much in it. Why would anything be refered to as, "As good as Combat."???

I think that for most people the white water rafting would be plenty as a near Death experience....but the mind plays tricks on you. It adjusts too quickly, sometimes. If you have the, "Just Right" orientation, you wind up walking away saying, Huh...this aint shit." If you are thrown into the crucible you might say, "Let me otta this shit."

I honestly believe that the reason I (and some others like me) are like this is because our orientation to it was smooth...and our Baptism of fire, perfect.

Thank you for your understanding, Princess...when you go see the movie...Go with a friend and be sure to Pee first......(^>)

Vince.
antarius
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
I don't know.... I rarely see your posts anywhere... but I just have one thing to say.

thank you. all of you.
rathenar
Nov. 8th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
This is powerful stuff, bro. I had no idea you'd been through so much. Respect!

You cant even say, "Hay Motherfucker...I'm gone get you for that", because you don't even know where he is or that he is reading a magazine while you are digging the graves of you fellows.

I totally agree with this. If you're going to kill a man, the least you can do is to do it from close enough to look him in the eyes...

Nothing brings this to mind so clearly as when you have a good relationship with a girl and then you wait for her to put her head on your shoulder and ask the question, "So....like, during the war....did you ...you know...ever Kill anyone?."

Any girl who can't handle the answer to a question like that, shouldn't be asking it. Maybe she should think a little harder before she chooses her dates, too.

And I wish for you, then, that you may find a girl who doesn't have a hangup about that! They are out there...
oxojamm
Nov. 8th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks Rath. You know, sometimes its other things that bring the queastion...that is, in all fairness...mabie they dont like my taste in music....(^>)...and are just looking for an excuse, who knows. But on my end, its not just the finding of of the right person, but can that person play a mean Bass?..(^>)..I know of at least one who lives in the UK (*Winks*) but persons of great charicteur are few and far between.

I'm Fortunate enough to have you in my life Rath. Thanks for being there for me and for Yves too. We got to stick together. Otherwise, the dastardly of this world will win.

Im Getting a Big Muff for my Guitar!....Ever hear of it?

They make several models and Im trying to decide which one....I would like one that has a switch for use as a bass fuzz.

So Very Truly;
Vince.
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