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Spontaneous extraction

I went deep into the jungle,
Machine guns blasting everywhere;
Somewhere I could hear screams.
Somewhere a brother,son,uncle,dad,

Warrior is going home with a kiss.
Somewhere the night grows teeth.

I had to navigate thousands of miles,
Had to watch for booby traps, &
trip wires, constantly with one finger
On the trigger, one on a grenade;
Hoping the enemy would not force the
Explosion of madness.

There were three visions I had to get home
Safely;  One was a future of bright aging
With children & college, and walking the
Bride down the aisle, giving her to some
Pencil pushing punk; Two I had to remember
All those who came ahead of me in blood, and 
Self-loathing to make all of it possible.

& lastly I had to get myself to the LZ,
So that eventually these words i keep
Pounding into the world will 
Somehow speak volumes
of history.


For my Uncle Jr. & Dad
Viet Nam veterans....

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  1. Date: 11/4/2010 9:52:00 AM
    A wonderful tribute to all who fought in wars. A nice verse, I enjoyed the read. Caryl