Out in the Killing Fields ........

Just a boy in worn jeans following in his
fathers lead
Wrapped up in that of the misunderstood
a silent and deadly creed

To pictures evolved of the soldiers son
one clear as day and one just a sepia
Two gunmen of dissimilar
caliber ......listening to the media

Ah but didn't you stand in the limelight
my father at the very end
I did just as you ...........and I can't
even find a friend

I don't know why I bragged that my country
loved me ......not like now
You went off to fight as well .........
and you survived......I don't see how

Something I never told you son
about the casualties of war
Never does a soldier survive it...........
of that I'm pretty sure

Dad .......the difference between Normandy
and Viet Nam was not often clear
But then ...there are killing fields everywhere
the only thing is ...........there not here

And in retrospect .........maybe thats the only
good that's done
Come on son ........it matters not
when the nightmares comes

We listened in the night as our
Father moaned in his sleep
And now I'll listen for you ........
my brother I will keep

Comments 6 comments

daddysgirl 5 years ago

I could never imagine living a lifetime with memories of war and battle. I respect each and every soldier for their sacrifices. I have to say though very sad talking to an 86 year old world war II vet, that looks at me and says.."So many men were there with me. What kills me is I don't know where they are now." I wonder do we really understand or appreciate the reality that these men and women live with everyday...anyhow I love this write dad. Love and hugs always

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hey Girl , how are you ? love and miss ya , we have been Llaaazzzyyy today just not doing a thing! Love you bunches.oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo......;-}

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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Great description of the times lost gone that have the power to haunt us again:)...beautiful conversation with your daughter...love prevails:)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Such a sensitivly and cleverly written poem.

You have conveyed the sensitivity and heartbreaking moment so beautifully.

I vote up without a doubt and this one has to be one of your best!!!

Take care my friend and have a great day.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Beata , Thank you , she is my angel on earth! I am a humble and lucky father!....Thank you for sharing!.........:-}

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , Thank you my friend , you are so nice as always , No wonder so many people love you!......:-}

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