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At the VFW Post in Buang, Phillipines

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At the VFW Post in Buang, Phillipines

At the VFW Post in Buang, Philippines they know Macarthur
Staggering off then
Swaggering back onto
These Philippines Islands and the
 Wail of Hirohito
Drowning in chorus with the headsman’s gush of 
Bloodstained tears
Upon the occasion
Of Bataan

Then in repose off old Mactan, there still smiles
 Lapu Lapu in his 
Billion particles
Drifting a sea to the 
Portuguese dance of
Forgotten melodies while 
Sugarcane hills
Rise in symphony for Jose Rizal and the 
Three hundred and some odd year smoldering hue of
 Senior Legazpi 
Clutching the 
 Sunrise brilliant over 

For the sand still whispers to the 
 Prodigal bow of 
Yamashita’s gunboat and the  
 Mindanao lair of two old samurai 
Forever glistening in the jungle deep as
 God’s Perfection crescendos to the 
Infinitely indelible thought that 
Broken in all man can make,

So when does Empire reek
It’s savage 
On the splendid meek
In lands long gotten over
 Purchased souls as the 
Old boys
 Master around 
Three dollar specials and the 
Endless clink of San Miguels join
Hank Williams in an aging jukebox
Carefully laid for one night,
When all the glories of a thousand years are
Wonderfully recited in an 
Afternoon when a 
Sunglass wearing, 
Corn-cob pipe-smoking,
“Look at me now” presence of a 
Gangly man
Dashed ashore in the 
 Post mortem swelter of a
 Gallant soldier’s 

September 2009 Jeff Troyer

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  1. Date: 12/14/2010 8:06:00 AM
    This sure is very interesting, Jeff! And you've included a lot of names & details here that made me smiles, as I am from the Philippines-- nice to read this from your perspective-- thank you for dropping by my poem :) -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 9/19/2010 6:58:00 PM
    enjoyed this patriotic poem... welcome to poetry soup and keep sharing with us. stop by and check out my poems if you dare... ;)