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They flew me back to my home town,
All feeling tall and proud,
Expecting folk to gather round,
All singing praises loud.
I pictured being welcomed home
To these lovely sunny shores,
Just like those soldier boys of old,
Who'd just returned from war.

But all I heard were angry words
Or silence at the mention,
Of my wasted year in Vietnam,
There were no good intentions.
And so I learned to seal my lips
To avoid the pain of scorn.
Yet in the very pits of me
An anger there did form.

And so I did withdraw from all
The world and its disdain.
And as the years have passed on by,
My anger's turned to pain.
With nerves all frayed and bowels bleeding
My skin erupting too,
I'm paying such a heavy price,
For a war that we did lose.

1998

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Date: 1/24/2019 5:13:00 PM
whaooo this is touching peter, I hope it gone from you this heavy past, you serve you country the war was never your making remember, so let your story be a saviour to another upcoming victims , more blessing to you peter Richard
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Date: 1/24/2019 6:05:00 PM
G'day Ricard, I did have PTSD for a long while, but I cured my self with meditation and self enquiry. Now I truly feel the power within me and the joy that goes with it. I can se through all those ways now, Bro. The people very rarely want war. it is the evil people who lead us and think only of Wealth and power. They never look happy to me, so what have they really achieved. Thank you so much mate for your kind comments....Peter
Date: 1/20/2019 7:18:00 PM
Thank you for your service, Peter. It is despicable how ungrateful and arrogantly mean the world was to the Viet Nam soldiers who did not volunteer, but were drafted. Many who went reluctantly, as they did not have wealth to pay off doctors to get them out of it.
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Date: 1/21/2019 4:52:00 PM
Hi Caren. I must admit that I did Volunteer. I had just came here from England. I was so happy for them to let me in this beautiful country. That this was my appreciation. I have hated war ever since. Thank you for your kind comments, my friend...Peter
Date: 1/20/2019 4:28:00 PM
This was beautifully written. An emotional write indeed.
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Date: 1/20/2019 5:10:00 PM
Thank you so much Valerie, always great to hear from you, my friend...Peter
Date: 1/20/2019 4:22:00 PM
peter, i can so relate as my dad was a general... how poignant is your piece so well written... huggs
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Date: 1/20/2019 5:13:00 PM
Thank you so much Nette, I was one of the lucky vets. I cured myself of all my mental wounds, and physical. Hopee your dad came through it all Like I did. Thank you for your kind comments, my friend….Peter
Date: 1/20/2019 3:48:00 PM
So sad Peter. Extremely hard. Thank you for your service and sharing this with us :)
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Date: 1/20/2019 5:14:00 PM
Thank you Heidi. I am so glad I came through all that and am now a very happy man. Thank you for your nice comments, my friend....Peter