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           VIET BOMB

I recall when time, to me, mattered not
All I did was follow a predestined plot
suddenly my world became acrid and tart
Because then came a wicked war in which I took part

Eyes beware, and take care my dear friend
Or this could mean your life’s tragic end
In every tree there may be a well aimed sniper
And then it’s time for a soldier to  pay the piper

The country we fought was another people’s birthright
And yet we were taught to hate, harm and how to fight
A battle until death be our enemy’s unjust end
But what did we go there for us to actually defend?

Our defense was offensive to my salient soul
While bloodshed was our sole and only goal
Who were we to say what another country needs, 
Because blood is that which a foolish battle breeds

And then those of us who perished not came home
Some never to speak of war and others to write a tome
The only country our soldiers should defend is our very own
And now the time when time mattered not is to me unknown
    © 2011.….Poefree

Author’s note:  I never went to Nam but Ronnie Manerva did and was spat upon when 
he returned…….This poem is for you Ronnie and every brave hero who fought a losing 
battle and may you and them forget being rewarded for doing your duty with saliva 
and glaring stares!

Copyright © jeffry cohan

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  1. Date: 4/6/2011 8:49:00 AM
    I was not being sarcastic at all. After reading your author's note, I was appalled that people would act that way. I thought you meant Americans, but as I read it again, I see that you may have been talking about people from other countries? I was just suggesting that another poem could be made out of people who are mean- the words "saliva" and "glaring stares" were powerfu and I thought a poem describing people like that would be interesting to read too.

  1. Date: 4/5/2011 11:41:00 AM
    Thanks for your comments on my poem Heavens we create. I suggested you to look into not my poems in the form of quintain but into the contest "God, Ghost and Love" where in one can enter the contest writing a quintain on God, Ghost and Love. As you seem to be new on the PS, on the right hand side of any page, scroll down to contest and then click on Constests: by members. There are many contests on the page. Please have a look into.jeffry. I am not a medical doctor.

  1. Date: 4/5/2011 8:26:00 AM
    A nice tribute - how about another one on the saliva and glaring stares?