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The Good Old Bad Days Returned

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The Good Old Bad Days Returned

Ithaca New York 1969                                                                                                                   And all the leaves in all the trees along the gorge that led to Cornell had turned to gold                Home from Viet Nam in 68 and my life was an oxymoron                                                              One day I cared about everything and the next day my head and heart were empty                   And who ever loved me then was as much a victim of the war as I was                                      A cruel wind was blowing and when I spoke out against the war                                                        People who had never been there and some that had exploded with anger                                                      They didn't like the thought that I was useing the freedom of speech I fought for                                         And I had a hard time being hit with garbage as the beat went on into madness                                   Everyone was talking but no one was listening                                                                              Children are not for burning Father Daniel Berrigan said as the carpet bombing continued              The ends do not justify the means                                                                                                    All those years ago and we charge into one war after another learning nothing                            America do you really beleave in God and if you do                                                                       Ask yourself why so many service men and woman come home and kill themselves                         Enough!

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  1. Date: 8/3/2013 12:49:00 AM
    My friend I just reviewed PD poem and left a comment on the horrors you faced, and the venom and disrespect, Vietnam vets received, then I read this poem, yes the governments of the world, war mongers, destroyer of lives, what for oil, money greed and control, better not get on my high horse here, blessings be upon you always, sueellen

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/6/2013 8:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    THANKS SUE-ELLEN
  1. Date: 7/30/2013 9:37:00 PM
    Oh....the worst thing is when people spew out their feelings without having lived through the nightmare that war is... :( Sorry for your pain of being misunderstood...I've lived through war here in Lebanon....It's horrible. Though I've never been a soldier, I can imagine that the nightmares that one goes through are enough to make anyone want to take his life....I feel with you. We never learn.....God bless.....This is a VERY powerful write!

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 8/1/2013 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Eileen. My thoughts are with you ,may you always be safe.
  1. Date: 7/30/2013 3:38:00 PM
    Michael, these words press hard against my heart, you express ut so well, remember those who have not been in the front line can never totally understand, yet they need to hear, I'm glad I read this, my heart to your heart always, xxxvxxx

    Ainsley Avatar Michael Ainsley
    Date: 7/30/2013 7:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much for your kindness