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Ernest Hemingway inspired me to become a war journalist.

“Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations….

…he killed himself in mid-1961.

Almost exactly 35 years after Hemingway's death, on July 1, 1996, his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway killed herself... making her "the fifth person in four generations of her family to commit suicide.”

(from Wikipedia)

Hemingway

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse23 Mar 2017

Prose you’d fight a war for:
From the right side of the lines
He invented my idea
of what I could be.

I’ve paddled with sticky feet
Through shallow lakes of blood
To see him standing bowed
By all his flaws and failings:

Firing off a machine gun
In bravura, but leaving
Before the deadly response;
And another shot,

A single one, making a final
Messy escape, and leaving
His children alone to deal
With the answering barrage.