Thunder announces a release from the earth. Fire ignites the darkness. Illuminating the night sky, Hell’s flame explodes bright orange. A yellow, oily rain falls upon the battlefield. It touches the soldiers. Skin boils and blisters. A few will die here. Many, will recover. The touched and untouched will carry scars; some on the outside — all on the inside.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
The world eventually broke Hemingway to the point that he took his own life. Many have speculated about the reason(s) why the greatest American author of his time took his own life, even I discussed it in One Day I Was. However, regardless of why, the fact is that a strong-willed person, who had become stronger many times, was eventually broken. The world always wins.
The characters I write are all, in one way or another, broken. I write about broken and damaged characters because in my experience, the broken person is the norm, not the exception.
We are all, to one degree or another, in some way broken. That is not a bad thing. Many of us survive and even thrive from the world’s efforts to break us. Additionally, as writers, understanding the broken within ourselves, allows us to understand, and further explore the broken in others, and eventually, in our creations.
War Springs Eternal is dedicated to my brothers and sisters in arms –
-To those who were asked to do the unthinkable.
-To those who HAD to do the unimaginable.
-To those who are broken and still fighting.
-To those for whom the fighting became too much.
Dr. Joe Leonardi is a chiropractor in Kingston Pennsylvania, an author of several books, a one-time candidate for congress, an educator and his greatest pride, a veteran (non-combat) of the United States Navy.