Point of View- Ed Tick

Seeking the most powerful healing practices to address the invisible wounds of war, Dr. Ed Tick has led journeys to Viet Nam for veterans, survivors, activists and pilgrims for the past twenty years. He writes:

“During one of my annual reconciliation journeys to Viet Nam, a weary Marine asked O Tam Ho, a Vietnamese veteran of 25 years of war against three invading nations, why he did not suffer survivor’s guilt or PTSD as do American vets. The elder veteran explained, “I am sad but not guilty. Perhaps the bullet is the messenger of karma. Try to see our lives from the point of view of the bullet.”

 

From the point of view of the bullet

One will live, one will die.

From the point of view of a man 

My life is his death.

From the point of view of the bullet

You took the right step, he the wrong.

 

From the point of view of a man

His death should have been mine.

 

From the point of view of the bullet

Fate is a swift straight shot

From the point of view of a man

Fate is a fickle whore

 

From the point of view of the bullet

I am a servant of destiny

 

From the point of view of a man

Destiny is a greedy whore

 

From the point of view of the bullet

His destiny was complete

 

From the point of view of a man

He left me to live for two

 

From the point of view of the bullet

You survived to finish your mission

 

From the point of view of a man

I wish I had died instead

 

From the point of view of the bullet

Your service was not your mission

 

From the point of view of a man

My time in hell was enough

 

From the point of view of the bullet

Life wants more from you

 

From the point of view of a man

Tell me what I must do

 

From the point of view of the bullet

Live for all who died

 

From the point of view of a man

Too many lamenting ghosts

 

From the point of view of the bullet

Those voices are now your voice

 

From the point of view of a man

Those voices are now my voice.

Excerpted from Coming Home In Viet Nam by Edward Tick (TIA CHUCHA PRESS)

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ED TICK

ED TICK

Ed is an internationally recognized educator, author and expert on the military, veterans, PTSD, Vietnam, and the psychology, spirituality and history of global trauma, warrior traditions, and military-related issues. For four decades he has conducted trainings, retreats and workshops across the country and overseas at major Department of Defense and Veteran Administration facilities and at colleges, universities, hospitals, health care and community centers across the country, and overseas. Ed co-founded the nonprofit Soldier's Heart, Inc. with his partner Kate Dahlstedt and for 13 years served as its director. He now consults internationally on these issues.
In addition to War and the Soul, Ed is the author of the books Sacred Mountain, The Practice of Dream Healing, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls, and Warrior's Return, as well as the poetry collections The Bull Awakening and The Golden Tortoise.

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