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A belated welcome home

Written in 1981 after attending a Viet Nam veterans welcome home parade.

They march in step without a cadence call
and wear old uniforms, if they still fit,
recalling days when they were standing tall.

Five services, they represent them all; 
a few in rolling chairs, required to sit.
They march in step without a cadence call.

On their parade a somber rain did fall,
but these were warriors not inclined to quit;
while some men heard the drummer not at all.

The flagless streets and silence they recall;
now greeted with a smile instead of spit.
They march in step without a cadence call.

On skeptic ears polite applause did fall,
for causes lost, but not their part in it;
while some men heard the drummer not at all.

The tears for those who died will ever fall
belatedly, a candle now was lit.
While some men hear the drummer not at all,
they march in step without a cadence call.

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  1. Date: 9/24/2011 3:34:00 PM
    This one gives me a sad chill, Wayne.. makes me think you might appreciate one i wrote 30 years after you wrote this in honor of some Viet Nam vets who've crossed my path. It's called "Henry 'Gnat' Wilson's Bedtime Routine" Take a gander, ifya care to. Beauty day~N

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 7:27:00 AM
    Indeed, this is how it was for the Vietnam Veterans, Wayne. Some didn't even receive polite applause; it is so pitiful they didn't receive a warmer welcome. A very moving poem. Please check your Soup Mail. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/10/2010 2:57:00 AM
    Nice write sketching your true experiences of the Viet Nam war. Quite a striking description of hard facts beautifully penned. I have placed a new poem Ground Zero and shall be thankful if you can read it early. Love and best wishes always....Ravindra.....Wayne Sapp.

  1. Date: 9/9/2010 8:57:00 PM
    A well composed villanelle on belated welcome home, Wayne