in honor of David J. Bredesen
Three days after your arrival in Vietnam you were gone
but you are not lost to us, not forever
Your parents who grieved so stand by your side now.
together you wait for the rest of us.
and you are not lost to us, not forever
our children who never knew you are asking us about you
about what happened and why and how we felt
as we tell of you and the family I think they feel for a moment as we did then
and you are not lost to us not forever.