He sits blankly staring into the night
only mist filled visions cross his view.
The Marine watches on point ....as trained
as his eyes play games with the shadows too.
He wonders how he got to this place
where are the battle fields of my fathers'.
What is there in this jungle to defend
I'd be elsewhere if I had my rathers.
He's watched his friends die.....as he carried
them to the waiting Hueys there.
He's found his manhood in the terrors of battle
he's got his own thousand yard stare.
Looking back to yesterday now .....where
did the years go between .
Just a kid when starting out...now
post stress colors his dreams.
And what does the world remember...
protests played on the nightly news.
Nobody asked his oppinion.....
or has ever considered his views.
He has long forgotten his
bitterness upon his own return.
Protesters at the airport..."baby killers"
they called him.... while the flags burned.
"I wish we'd stayed to finish it", he says
and when I look at him ...I believe.
Too bad his country wasn't behind him
once again ...there's no reprieve.
He's always been my hero....
he stands taller than the rest ,it's true.
He's always believed in the mission
he'll believe it .....tomorrow too.
welcome and a beautiful piece. Most often this size of post is placed in a hub, or rather creates a hub. The Start of a thread should be short as possible and to the point. HP also has a rule of no self promotion which this could be considered a form of. Please believe me when I say I am just trying to help, hope I did.
Now I say go make it into a Hub, I'll Read it and comment!
yes we forced people into the military to go fight in another country and because society feels guilty about how some of those guys were treated when they returned we now call anyone who chooses the military as their job a "hero"
it may not be the correct term but it does beat "loser" or "murderer"
i am just glad we have not been doing full-on drafts like the one that got my dad when he was almost finished college
that's a good thing about high unemployment.
it encourages kids to go into the military so we don't need to pull people out of college
Some were forced into the Viet nam war draft , alot were enlisted , many were dissed by their country men and women upon their return , I am amazed that so many people don't know what the Viet Nam war was about or when it was fought.. College was a deferment as I recall , I hope America will be better about remembering it's veterans in the years following the popularity of this war, or for that matter , any war. We treat our vets pretty badly in America........
yeah you would think that college was a deferrment but i guess it was not 100%.
my dad told me when he was drafted he ended up being a college student stuck with high school kids in basic.
he said it was tougher on him because they don't make you take PE in college like they do in high school--lol
but he made it
luckily he didn't fight his draft
and spent a lot of time in hawaii
had he delayed it even by a week or two he would have ended up actually being shipped TO viet nam
as it is he missed it by mere days
he thinks he got lucky
i say it was good karma
he didn't fight going in so they didn't fight letting him out even though the majority of his unit shipped out days after the end of his service
yeah none of us ever read all the rules and even when you do they don't alway help because they are sometimes so generalized
kim is right
some of us love poetry here on hp
make it into a hub
throw your reasons for writing it into an intro or an outro and throw the poem itself up
throw in a pic or 2
maybe a related video or 2
if you wanna go crazy
and you have a hub!
I have had the pleasure of knowing many vets , old and new , any out there? As hubbers, welcome home from where ever you served........and stay well.....
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