Warrior Haiku | The Summer

We Few We Happy Few..
We Few We Happy Few..
Hanoi War Memorial
Hanoi War Memorial
Sleep Well My Brothers We will Remember..
Sleep Well My Brothers We will Remember..

This poem has rattled around my brain for an awful long time, yet I found it to be one of the most difficult to put to paper. As Memorial Day approaches so too do the memories. For me the nights became better when I met my Zena, and even with her gone, my nights have remained better. Some of these memories still come but they are like an old comfortable shoe now. You know the pair you can’t wear anymore but you don’t want to throw away. I still rise to meet the dawn daily but now instead of cursing the night I greet the day with thanks.

So I dedicate this to those who still sweat in the night, Come Home my Brothers Come Home, we’ll rest in time when it is our time. God Bless and Come home you have good things to do…

Note :

A Ghillie Suit is a Mesh covering that we weave grass and leaves into for camouflage, a well done ghilliey is a 10:1 advantage in the night, maybe even better.

“Sinh ra tại Bắc Các Để Die Miền Nam” is the phonetic Vietnamese for “Born in the North to Die in the South” A tattoo that many of the NVA wore with pride.

“đội’” is Vietnamese for Officer


The Summer


Black Face Cammo

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

I am the Night


New green on my ghille

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

I am the earth


Sweat rolls slowly down my spine.

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

It tickles the hair in my crack,


Not a move or a flinch

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

I am the steel


Down Truong Son Road, forty come

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

Uncle Ho’s Nephews to my Gun


Ammo and Rice carried to the fight

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

Not on my watch, Not this night


Sinh ra tại Bắc Các Để Die Miền Nam

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

I am your Destiny


Are we Ready?

T-Bone?- Check

Whiskey Bone?-Check

B-Bone? -Check - 8 Bags Full (Claymores are ready)

D-Bone - Check J - Bone I've got the point in Sight

Hard Days Make the Good Ones Better

We are Ready


Forty ‘gainst 5 in the night

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

Odds seem unfair


See the đội’s eyes

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

Center Chest first Target


I am Shiva, I am Death

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

I pull the trigger


Cool Breeze in the night

Cooling the skin under my sweat

Thirty years later


True it has Been

Hard Days make the Good ones Better

But what about the Nights??



Epilogue

A special note to family and friends of those who serve. These next words read harder than they are said or thought. But please realize, you cannot “understand” these things if you have not been. If your soldier is having a hard time find a way to just love him or her, and point them to understanding, through the organizations that help and have the people that have been there like the VFW, The American Legion, Vets for Vets, DAV and the VA. Gently point the way, for many just the association with fellow vets can be the catharsis they need. Please accept my heartfelt thanks and may God Bless those who stand beside and behind those who serve, you are a national treasure.

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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh..Thank you..it is beautiful..


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank You msorensson, GBY


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Hmrjmr1

Thank you for your service. This is my friend on The Wall.

http://www.virtualwall.org/dz/ZelaskiLJ01a.htm


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Tom - I will now remember Joe and when it is my time and I join him on the other side, I will tell him you said Hey...


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Extremely powerful poetry, Hmrjmr. You are very wise and understanding. I thank you for all you have done.


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wesleycox 6 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

Blessed be those that understand these words. I wasn't around in Vietnam but the sentiments still stand strong, I know all about how hard days make good ones better. I also know about the sleepless nights for fear of the dreams that come. And also of the dreams that come while we're talking to friends and family. The ones that scare those that love us. Thank you for writing this John it has affected me. God Bless


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks so much for your kind words POP, God Bless...


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Wes - The Brotherhood of the Sword transcends any one conflict, the emotional result is the same whether it was on 'The Trail' in Laos, a Trench in France, or the streets of Baghdad. I hope it has helped, and with a firm virtual handshake I say Welcome Home my Brother Welcome Home...


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sheila b. 6 years ago

You're right, we who haven't been there cannot understand, but a poem such as this one of yours helps.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

sheila - Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I'm glad it brings some light for you. God Bless...


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Thanks for nice poem.


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan

With tears in my eyes I write this. My baby - my son who is in Afghanistan now - roughly two months out before he's supposed to come home - is facing the worst. As my husband warned me - this is the worst time of the year. The poppy crop is finished, the terrorists have money from their harvest and they can buy new ammunition. Now is the worst time around Kandahar - where my son's unit is. Thank you for remembering him and all the others like him. Thank you also, once again, for your sacrifice and service. God bless you and keep you!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

cjv He's in my prayers, God Bless him and let him see his duty, do his duty, and come home safe, and God Bless you on this Mothers Day.


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Army Infantry Mom 6 years ago

wow,.. that was moving,..you really do write beautifully. Also you recomended some great places !!!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks AIM Happy Mothers Day to you!!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Glad you liked it HP!


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

beautiful and powerful, thank you for sharing.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Zac Thank you sir glad you enjoyed it.


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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

Thanks so much for your service! This was breathtaking....


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

This is extremely well done, kudos!!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Hmrjmr, Thank you for such beautiful words. My husband still struggles with some of his Vietnam experiences. I have tried to understand and support him as it has become a bigger problem since he had a stroke at 59 years old. I think he has too much time to think. I appreciate your service and your advice.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

SFB and CM Thanks so much for your praise, appreciate your stopping by!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Pam - I know for me I found doing stuff with the American Legion was a great help. If any of the Veterans Groups are active in your area it might help, there are many ways to get involved even for some one that may be disabled. God Bless you both and you in particular for standing beside him in difficult times!!


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

Thumbs up, especially for the approaching Memorial Day. Many can be inspired by your poetry and many Vets can be thanks if we will do it. I hope warriors can see your Hub.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Awesome job, John. Powerful!


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Patty - Thanks so much for you praise. I do hope it gets out there to the guys and gals out front. GBY


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Habee sorry it took so long to respond! GBY


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

That was very nice!


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Hmrjmr1 4 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks schoolgirlforreal :)

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