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Vietnam's Broken Souls

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Vietnam's Broken Souls

Surviving war can break a soul
Leave deep inside a jagged hole
Workings of a mind pay its toll
Getting through today our furthest goal

They called you at that early age
Nothing really more than boys
Thought you were invincible at that stage
But M16's became your toys

When those of you who did survive
Got back to this land of the free
You were barely more than alive
But spat on by people like we

Work for you was hard to find
Seen through eyes as though were blind
Said no heroes welcome awaited us
Just a lonely ride on a quiet bus

Asked were we right or were we wrong
To with these acts go along
In this place did we belong
*Thoughts invaded by a trumpets song

Too many questions without answers it seems
Hope for happiness towards negative leans
Blood and anguish fill your dreams
You wonder what this torment means

Was God there and could He see
Things suffered both by you and me
If so how could He possibly be
A God of love for answers you plea

If He did and feels your pain
Then He knows at His feet you've lain
This broken soul in which you no longer believe
It's future now in His hands you leave

So many hurt so many dead
So many things left unsaid
Did they realize or even care
Their fear and pain you always share

And if you could you would go
To where they are and they would know
That every day that you have had
You remember them all and through the bad

You'd say your memories are here with me
And each of you I long to see
Where ever it is that you may be
I pray your souls are resting peacefully

When you're gone and leave this land
I know you'll search for your brothers and
Eagerly reach out your battered hand
Beside them forever stand

*Enemy blew trumpet before attacking

©Donna Jones

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  1. Date: 11/1/2013 2:34:00 PM
    Donna Darlin'.... I commend you fro such a touching account about the plight of many brave warriors.... I just missed that war by three years.... I remember the hate for those 'Nam vets generated by those who had no understanding of what they went through..... May God reserve a place in Glory for those to whom no mercy was shown by an ignorant public..... Jake

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 3:31:00 AM
    Wonderful write about that horrible war that we fought, You have it all down to a tee, great piece of work, Thank you for having an understanding of the veterans plight....peter

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 10/23/2013 10:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you peter...yes it was unfortunate for these men and women
  1. Date: 7/7/2013 8:50:00 AM
    Donna, this is a wonderful poem you have written. I see it is one of your older posts but I am glad to have seen it today. Those poor Viet nam vets got no respect. the war was wrong but they deserved to be treated as the patriots they were.

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 10/23/2013 10:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much andrea
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 11:20:00 PM
    Dear Donna,Hope this finds YOU Healthy and High in the Spirit.Every once in awhile I read the Perfect POEM The Title makes the Heart leap the content so true and deep.The Soul absorbs the feeling inside,I look at the POETESS with Pride, To be able to say I Know YOU.This is an Angelic Write,God's Blessing guiding the POETS Pen. A definite favourite. I am going to bed now See YOU tomorrow night. With LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Silent Secret...Harry

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 3/25/2013 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Bless you Harry.....later...my friend....
  1. Date: 2/15/2013 7:20:00 PM
    LOL--I went through drill sgt school with an Okie from Muskogee and on a long weekend drove us in the back of his pickup to his aunt's in Norman--never forget it--a great guy--after training we came (not he) back through Logan in Boston and some lady yelled baby killers at us--we hadn't even been to Nam --I pity those that have no idea--I have shared stories with those that have and know and honor their sacrifice. War is not the ideal and we should avoid it at any possible turn, but ...

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 2/15/2013 9:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for kind comments. I can see the hurt still now when returning soldiers are greeted as heroes not that they shouldn't, but Nam guys got no recognition. Anyway thanks. Those of us who live with them live with their anger...blessings
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 8:34:00 PM
    Thanks for reading it and yes we do and their families..maybe someday we will realize war is not necessary I hope

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 1/29/2013 9:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well I don't know how I managed comment on my own poem leave it to an okie...sorry..I hope it got to where I intended it to go
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 7:14:00 PM
    Hello Donna - Wish people did not have to go through this. Your poem is sensitive and honest. We owe our veterans so much. - Gail

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 3/1/2013 9:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Gail...much appreciated
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 12:44:00 PM
    Nice work, bitter truth... some day, man's 'brilliance' with find softer solutions to the hard problems... until then, many will suffer for the few that won't... Terry

    Jones Avatar Donna Jones
    Date: 1/29/2013 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Until then one day at a time and remember generally people carry burdens we don't know about. Everywhere we go, the people we see everyday, no telling what demons they keep inside. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words