Love in the time of PTSD, produced by KALW is my favorite piece for the month of August. I absolutely love this piece. With each second that past I found myself sinking deeper and deeper into the piece. At times I felt like a love story was unraveling before me. One that embodies love, dedication, strength, and drama. Imagery, metaphors, and similes are major components that bring this piece together. They help depict the couple’s story, instead of plainly telling it. Lindsey Lee Keel, the narrator, wasn’t as distracting as I thought she would’ve been in the beginning. Instead she gave more to the story’s description. She was that 3rd party, whose judgment I trusted.
“On top of the night stand sits a gold and tinted photograph of Matt and Carolin; where the young couple kiss, like the world doesn’t exist outside the frame,” says Lindsey.
Her eyewitness reports help me better visualize the home. It described their present passion for each other, before splashing into the past that followed up to it.
Carolin’s Kunze’s writing technique helped me understand her fiancés struggle with PTSD. “An enemy he can’t fight, and it’s smack in his head,” is an intense line. I could only imagine how defenseless he must feel, as his mind triggered bullets of horrific memories. The memory that was shared was remarkably packed with piles of details and powerful diction. She took me from my grandmother’s quiet bedroom, into a dusty war zone.
Kunze, I respect your dedication to your soldier. Your positive attitude is enviable, so try not to lose it. Overall, I have faith that your life with Matt will blossom into one of the great ones. I feel a strong connection, since I too have a boyfriend in the army. I just hope everyone else could feel a fraction of what I did.