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by Kevin M. James


Lord, break down the walls that come between

as I walk through this life I am not really seen

I’ve built my facade so carefully crafted

Brick upon brick a warrior was grafted

on top of my soul, these walls block me in

they keep everyone out, and protect what’s within

These walls keep you all from really seeing

my hopes dreams and fears, the core of my being

Walls that were built to protect my heart

have kept me from truly being a part

of deep fellowship with my brothers and sisters

I’ve become a lone sentry facing life’s twisters

When I open the door and let you come near

I tremble and shake, paralyzed with fear

But to my great surprise I don’t find more pain

What I discover is we’re all the same

I find that these warriors are all just like me

We all want our hearts to truly be free

The truth of the matter, we’re all so much greater

Bonded in spirit, made by our creator

When I let you in we all get to see

who I am, who you are, who we’re all meant to be





Lt. Col. Kevin M. James, U.S. Air Force, is a staff officer at United States Strategic Command. He is a Cyberspace Operations officer, has been a squadron commander and served on the Joint Staff. He served in Turkey as the 39th Operations Group/39th Expeditionary Operations Group Executive officer in 2002 and 2003 in support of Operation Northern Watch and in Bagram with the 160th Signal Brigade as the Deputy Director for the Joint Network Control Center in 2013-2014.

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March-April 2020