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The Tet Offensive / Memorial Day 2010

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The Tet Offensive / Memorial Day 2010

Viet Nam has left many with mental pictures
Images, that some, just couldn't forget.
And when it was over and troops were home
Many vanished, living alone with their regret.

Some found themselves living on the streets
Disrespected and blamed for an unjust war.
Spat upon by some, and psychologically ill
Now doubting what they had fought for.

My brother was a soldier mentally tough
Decorated and wounded during his 23 years.
Was it the pressure of being a civilian
That caused family to shed those tears?

Joe's name isn't written on the traveling wall
Nor does a granite headstone mark his spot.
Yet I count Joe D. among the living dead
Just another memory that time can't blot.

My brother has been missing since 1984

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  1. Date: 10/20/2010 1:57:00 AM
    Beautiful composition Tom. Very nice theme. We can never justify bombing innocent civilians and decimating whole civilizations just because a bunch of douchebags planned to carry out terrorist attacks on our soil, our motherland. Men all over the world are too arrogant and consumed by ego to realize this. Tom, there is a silver lining here. You can find solace in the fact that no news of your brother is infact good news. He lives somewhere, blessed by God. God is Most Merciful indeed.

  1. Date: 9/25/2010 4:57:00 PM
    sigh, war does such awful things to everyone those in the war, the families of the soldiers, there is NO war that a soldier walks away from thinking, we did, I did, my country did the right least they don't hold onto this when they sleep, when they sleep them damn the country that sent them to that hell, BIG hugs, I wish we could heal them all, and stop the next batch from going! Light & Love