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Veterans of Vietnam

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Veterans of Vietnam

Do you still carry it with you, 
the rifle of the fight?

Are you absolved in your bravery
even though you did not die?

Do you see worth
for what you risked?

I could not smell your perspiration
as we danced the boogaloo at home.

We were all so young;
all of us;
no chance to think;
each in a different reality.

And there are those who are forever young
prisoners of the mind, of the soul, 
of the earth framed in heartache by loved ones. 

© revised May 26, 2012
Kathryn McL. Collins 

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  1. Date: 1/26/2014 9:54:00 PM
    I have read this before and couldn't comment. Like Terry - disturbing, still is. But potent and still so true. And more veterans of other-named wars. Sad

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    Date: 1/27/2014 7:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. Tis sad war and indifference.
  1. Date: 5/22/2013 4:41:00 PM
    Kathy... it was disturbing the first time I read it... and it still is... Terry

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:32:00 AM
    How can we ever put ourselves in their place, or they in ours? The constant worriers at home, and our warriors abroad, struggling to stay alive... and both struggling to cope with realities of separation and loss. BRAVO Kathy!! Love, Keith

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 7:50:00 PM
    Kathryn, I thought of my dad when i read this poem. He's a Veteran of war. My mom, once tole me my dad was a prisoner in his own mind... and I still wonder what she meant.. thank you for sharing~ Linda

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 3:18:00 PM
    awesome write, my friend