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Hell In The Jungle-Vietnam

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Hell In The Jungle-Vietnam

a mother laments upon the hill

the hill of dead and dying

she cannot conceive her loss

she cannot stop her crying

a pirilous journey she'll undertake

for her dear one she'll not forsake

with a mere rock she'll end their lives

no concern for their guns and knives

a bloody bundle is all they left her

a casualty of war to them

but to her it was murder

she makes her way into their camp

weak and cold from the damp

she spies a fire burning afar

now her turn to leave a scar

she brings the rock down on his head

and does not stop until he is dead

a shot rings out in the dark

the bullet strikes her down

seeing the bundle in her arms

the soldiers gather round

such a pity

such a shame

the guilt runs deep

but theyre not to blame

from the shadows emerges one lone man

the smoking gun in his hand

God save us from this hell in Vietnam

he wipes a tear from his cheek

and says the future looks so bleak

with this said they all weep and weep and weep

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  1. Date: 11/20/2012 10:49:00 AM

    Vietnam was a tragedy as is war in general. We have a history of this that goes back a long time. One would think that learning how to end war would not be so difficult. Perhaps it has something to do with mankind's lack of self esteem. Hey--your work is poet laureate material IMO. Just that the typical picks express their love of nature with divine expression. It is a real pleasure to read your work. There are some very gifted people around here.

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 12:48:00 PM

    a wonderful piece. but why Nam?

    Hopkins Avatar Lori Hopkins Date: 9/27/2012 1:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks. I just watched The Deer Hunter so it kind of evolved into a poem about Vietnam.
  1. Date: 9/26/2012 10:14:00 PM

    A powerfully moving poem. Brings back images from the nightly news of all the casualties. I am so glad our TV was balck & white rather than color.

    Hopkins Avatar Lori Hopkins Date: 9/26/2012 11:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you and I have been enjoying yours as well. Although I was not there and have never been to war I have two uncles who were in Nam and it really took a toll on them. I'm also a mother so I can only imagine the pain of losing a child.