[caption id="attachment_3894" align="alignleft" width="300"] Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Laura Stanislaw has been writing poetry for five years. Her first book of poetry, titled â€œOne Heart, True Wordsâ€Â will be published by the end of May 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Adam Jones[/caption] MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C., â€“ Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Laura Stanislaw looked down at her desert camouflage uniform through big, piercing blue eyes. Her slender fingers and well-manicured fingernails played with the pen on her desk as she considered a question from a visitor who wanted to know what motivates her to get out of bed every morning.
â€œIâ€™m just happy,â€Â Stanislaw finally said with a shrug and a smile. The family readiness officer for Marine Aircraft Group 40 described her job as the most rewarding work she has done in the Marine Corps.Stanislawâ€™s work, and every other piece of her day-to-day life, has inspired her to publish a book of poetry. â€œOne Heart, True Wordsâ€Â is slated to be published by the end of May and will feature 18 poems she has written since 2005.It all started with the poem â€œPassion,â€Â Stanislaw said. She was dating a man and spontaneously decided to write a poem about the relationship. She then easily transitioned into writing about everything in her life, she explained, good or bad. â€œIâ€™ve been through a lot in my life,â€Â she said. â€œOver the years, Iâ€™ve learned to turn every negative into a positive. Iâ€™ve been sad and unhappy before. Thatâ€™s no place to be. Itâ€™s unhealthy.â€Â Stanislawâ€™s poetry probes every aspect of her life without preference or prejudice, a feature she described as being important to the therapy the poems provide. â€œShe is an ambitious and energetic person,â€Â said Dawn Rae, the family readiness officer for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. â€œShe seems to get great satisfaction from helping people.â€Â Stanislaw said when she was participating in an advanced course in Quantico, Va., a gunnery sergeant stood up and told a story about a friend of his who was killed by a roadside bomb. As he told his story, Stanislaw said, she could see the shrapnel wounds from the event on the Marineâ€™s face. That event was the driving inspiration behind the poem â€œSacrifice,â€Â one of her favorite poems from her book. â€œLife is not as perfect as a bed of roses,â€Â Stanislaw said. â€œThere are ups and downs, positives and negatives. In the end, stick it out and turn into the person you want to be.â€Â Rae said she is a big fan of Stanislawâ€™s poetry and finds it absolutely inspiring. â€œThrough her words, feelings and emotions come alive,â€Â Rae said. May 12, 2010: By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brian Adam Jones- Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point