About the Book
More than the place, war devastates people and lives. War does not discriminate. It ravages all lives—military, civilian, the rich, the poor, the old, and the young.
Carl Busby Sr. experienced firsthand the suffering brought about by the war. He reflects upon his experiences during his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Poems from the Sand II captures through verses the anxiety, the fear, the sorrow, the relief, and the joy felt by the survivors of the Iraq War.
About the Author
Carl Busby Sr. earned his degree in mathematics at the Texas Southern University. For fifteen years, he worked in management for several companies. He started a new career in the government, and in 1995, he was recognized for being an outstanding achiever.
When opportunity came knocking, Carl took it and traveled to Kuwait. He stayed there with his group before moving to the holy city of Babylon. He and his group soon moved to Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad. There, Carl began writing poems about his experiences.
“Poems from the Sand is a wonderful combination poems written from one man’s journey as a civilian contractor in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The poems bring about various emotions . . . one page you may cry while another page will have you laughing out loud!”
—Barnes and Noble customer
“The book looks great. I would recommend the book to my friends.”
—Barnes and Noble customer
“Evocative and heart-rending. Poems from the Sand inspires a variety of emotions within the reader. The author’s experiences in the Iraq war gripped my heart. I felt a mix of fear, sorrow, compassion, and awe for all those who have suffered and continue to suffer the horrors of war.”
—Louise Currier West Palm Beach, Florida
“Poems from the Sand” poems are portraits of something that’s related to everyday lives. The book was compiled from 2004-2007 during the military days in Iraq, but reading this book narrated today’s issues of our lives. Like one of its pages, “I knew this day would come”,
Carl, you expressed the poems well from the bottom of your heart. It wasn’t just shown in your book but you proved and reflect your love to people.
I met Carl in Dhahran, in the summer of year 2015. Bowling was my past time during my day off. I met different people, children, youth and families. One day I just realized I was playing not only to the great players but I also played and being coached by Carl Busby Sr., the President of Dhahran Bowlers Association. So humble, I have known it lately. Library is the alternate of my bowling. He later on knew I love reading and he said “I love poems, too”. I met a lot of people and I thought he was then selling me a book. I got interested when he said a book of poems he would give to me for free. Maybe he gets used to reading the book, that’s why he’s giving it to me. I thank him in advance, being curious what’s inside this book. What the…, the author was him! We became friends for more than a year now. Humble, pure, amicable and respectful. Soon, more books to be published. I’m hoping that the latest poems you made these days are to be included.
—Daisielou Gabriel 17 September 2016
- I Am a Soldier
- I’ve lost a few friends in this treacherous fight,
- Unaware of the obstacles that they faced during the night.
- We share a common bond and back each other,
- Regardless of the creed or color, we are all blood brothers.
- Sometimes I wonder if what we are doing is right,
- Then I remember the bodies from the insurgent plight.
- They don’t want any peace in this land you see,
- They have no guilt about killing themselves or me.
- So we adorn the uniform, the helmet and vest,
- Then we proceed out the gate to our next great test.
- We go down on our knees with our heads bowed and say,
- Lord help us make it through just one more day.