The “Six-Word War” project is the first crowdsourced war memoir collecting experiences from veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In six-word poems, veterans describe the complexities of modern warfare in their own words.

The results are at times humorous, agonizing, reflective, and profound.

Submissions for “Six-Word War” are accepted on Tumblr, Facebook, and #SixWordWar.

Here’s a selection of 21 powerful poems from the “Six-Word War” memoir.

“What’s the forecast today? Steel Rain.”

Source: @JohnRegan12

“General, sir, we shouldn’t go outside.”

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“I’ll never be this cool again.”

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“You guys ready, let’s do this.”

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“I can’t believe she shot me!”

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“Nervous doesn’t even f—— cover it.”

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“Mortars are f—ing with my sleep.”

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“Arabic? No. Everybody speaks automatic weapon.”

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“Cigarettes won’t kill you. Rockets will.”

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“Five names on a black bracelet.”

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“Mission Accomplished? Nothing to do now.”

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“Simple people — complex problems — harsh terrain.”

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“Built expensive gym just before withdrawal.”

Source: @CrispinBurke

“Watch my back, I’ll watch yours.”

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“LT, he says no Taliban here.”

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“This whole country smells like garbage.”

Source: @JohnRegan12

“Where did I leave my pants?”

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“I’m doing the best I can.”

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“Can’t redeploy everything, destroy in place.”

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“The national anthem makes me cry.”

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“Airplane wheels hitting US soil. Relief.”

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