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America for what we have done to our brothers

Updated on April 11, 2017

If you are weak of character you may wish to ignore this free verse;

Today along with myself I hate us all for what we have done
and no , there are no innocent's among us
You there the bearded intellectual who knows so much
The busied housewife in heels running from mall to mall
hurrying to pick up the innocent
school children
waiting in the playground
The meatless sandwich of college grads in new clothes
The fat lazy incompetent's that you elected to lead us
I hate us all

As I stand beside the bed and look at the
grizzled man lying there
un-shaven unclean unhinged
those hollowed vacant eye's and shaking hands
of the open and bleeding
wounded man
with the long silence's between
"How are you today "
and the non answer that follows
forever not healing
the empty bottle by his feet
the silent waiting rooms
where you wait

Yes , I hate us all and when you ask why ?
I will tell you too
You sent them away these soldiers
these patriots or were they even patriots before
you willingly sent them there ?
smiling , waving tearing up .................
Because we did didn't we ?
When we said "I know you'll be fine ..........
and when you come home ".................

And today , so many many years later
nothing has changed .....yet with one exception
you and I are much wiser
or at least we should be
but no ...........
We send the soldiers away year after year
to place's without any known pronunciation
populated with people who don't give one shit

And is the question then
What is this war about ? No ...... not that question again
I won't hear it for it means nothing
but this one ...........
hat will you do with that broken soldier when he returns?
After the parade after the party
after the years
after the nightmares
what will you do then but say
" I hate us for what we've done"


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      ahorseback 5 months ago

      Tomorrow , I am to go and try to communicate with a loved one who is suffering effects from the post stress of Viet -Nam , I'm not sure how or what to say or how to deal with the issues he is facing , and they are many . But I do know how angry I feel at our government and the system that was suppose to help all of our soldiers and really isn't doing very well at all. I know I am dissapointed in the way that we as a people ,that's myself included , have relegated our veterans especially those who served in southeast Asia during the sixties , to a place of hiding from us , a place of silence , a place of seclusion , solitude and suffering .

      Thank you my friends for your words that , as we know , help those of us who write and expose the realities of the human hearts everywhere .. I know that you and I are among those who understand more of life's realities . That helps greatly !..........Ed

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Oh, yes you come right out and tell the poetic truth. Things have taken a real turn for the worth and I don't know if there is anyone out there who can find the right road again after the darn politicians and idiot government officials have sent us all on a detour into a horrible world of war, conflict and violence. I keep on praying and keep on hoping for my homeland the once grand U.S.A.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What an amazing piece of writing, Ed. so sad but every word is heartfelt and rings true.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent Ed. So good to see your work. I agree with your sentiments. I really do. It is just hard for me to do the hate deal. But you have thinking about it pretty hard.

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      diogenes 5 months ago

      Excellent poem, and so, so true. I wish politicians had to go to war, but then, there wouldn't be any wars...