This poem is one of my earliest attempts at playing around with Iambic tetrameter. It was inspired by listening to Colonel (ret.) "Moose" Dunlop and his daughter who were interviewed for an ABC radio segment on the effects of PTSD on soldiers and their families.
The one line that stuck in my head was a comment that Dunlop made about being back in Australia after the war had ended and finding himself subconsciously scanning the treeline for enemy combatants while at the park with his children.
The repeated line "I watch(ed) for Demons.." is an attempt to focus the reader on being in a hyper alert state and to demonstrate the longevity of the trauma caused by this.