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Rain over Vietnam

There is the calm before the rain
It’s almost silent all around
The clouds expectant in the sky
Foreboding birds are homeward bound.

The soldiers stare at looming clouds
There is the calm before the rain
And yet there’s tension in the air
Will all this waiting be in vain?

They know the feeling well enough
The sun gets left out in the cold 
There is the calm before the rain
They have to be prepared and bold.

The sound of planes will soon be heard
Torrential bombs will fall again
But ‘til the heavens burst in floods
There is the calm before the rain. 

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Inspired by the song “Have you ever seen the rain?”
Sung by Credence Clearwater Revival.
With underlying reference to the Vietnam War.
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Contest: Screwed (Mar 2015)
Sponsor: Rob Carmack 
Placed: 7th


Rock N' Roll Contest sponsored by Kelly Deschler. NA

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 5/9/2017 7:18:00 AM
Beautiful poetic tapestry, Paul. The mixture of anticipation of fear and relief. A soldier's duty is to experience these dissimilar emotions. You phrased it so eloquently in this supremely sublime poem. A gem worthy of a 7! Love and peace.
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Date: 5/9/2017 11:21:00 AM
Thank you , Freddie; as usual your feedback is a pleasure to read. Regards // paul
Date: 9/14/2016 6:08:00 PM
Beautifully penned! I enjoyed reading this vivid account of a very sad event in life!
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Date: 9/15/2016 12:22:00 PM
Thank you for contributing with pleasant feedback, Jenni. Pleased to make your acquaintance. Regards // paul
Date: 6/7/2016 11:10:00 AM
Superb quatern, Paul. Rain and bombs in torrents... just fantastic. And I love CCR.~karam~
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Date: 6/7/2016 1:27:00 PM
I am pleased that you like it, Karam. Thank you. CCR = great music:) // paul
Date: 3/25/2015 11:05:00 PM
A 7 ! ! Congratulations on your win. Blessings dear friend
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Date: 3/26/2015 12:30:00 PM
Thank you for the visit and high rating, Eve. God bless! // paul
Date: 3/25/2015 3:25:00 AM
I am putting this one in my favorites Paul. I can't imagine what was not to love about this wonderful write that contains such depth? It is a really moving piece. Congrats on having it finally get the attention it deserves. Hugs, Connie
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Date: 3/26/2015 12:35:00 PM
Wow! thank you Connie!! You flatter me! I am pleased that you like it and the fav together with your lovely comments give much satisfaction! Hugs // paul
Date: 3/24/2015 5:46:00 PM
I enjoyed your pen Paul...I am living in Vietnam and meet many vets here, an inspiration for my own war poems,...they tell me the war,like any, was mostly boredom... probaly watching the rain! ...Peter
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Date: 3/26/2015 12:23:00 PM
Glad that you enjoyed this write, Peter. I am sure that you hear many stories of Vietnam and the war that lasted for so long. Regards...paul
Date: 3/24/2015 4:36:00 PM
Love the song Paul, and it goes so well with your poem. I love writing listening to music. I see you write songs, it's something I'd like to try, maybe one day. Thanks kindly for visiting my poetry pages, James :)
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Date: 3/26/2015 12:20:00 PM
Thank you James. I find music to be soothing and relaxing; like you I always have music playing in the background while I'm working on the computer. All the best. // paul
Date: 3/24/2015 3:03:00 PM
I love your interpretation of the song - congrats on your win:-) Hugs jan xx
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Date: 3/26/2015 11:51:00 AM
Thank you Jan. Still tangled with priorities, but making time to visit the site. Hugs // paul
Date: 3/24/2015 5:42:00 AM
Congratulations PAul,.. :)! reading this again refreshes my memory of how it is then.. :) calming and indeed there around the tension.. but the way you portray is is soft.. :)!
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Date: 3/24/2015 9:18:00 AM
Thank you Olive_eloi! I too enjoyed rereading your victorious Alouette! Will be back to you:) Hugs ... paul
Date: 11/25/2014 2:59:00 PM
I love CCR as well as history tidbits. You did well with this quatern and the repeated line - thought it was the same line, you use d it in different ways each time to say something new. Vietnam seems to be the most controversial war involving America - inspiring speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. and songs like For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield. I liked how this poem left me with a feeling of wanting - not really a conclusion, but an expectation of something happening.
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Date: 11/27/2014 1:25:00 PM
Hi Timothy! I have been (and still am) very busy with song writing and proof-reading of books and magazines, so have a lot of catching up to do. CCR and others form part of my musical tastes, but on the whole I enjoy most styles, depending on my mood. The feeling of expectation that you get must be somewhat similar to what those soldiers experienced, but on a different level...for them it was a matter of life or death! cu // paul
Date: 11/22/2014 8:56:00 AM
i feel the calmness in the poem despite the lines about war.. :)! likes.. :)!
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Date: 11/22/2014 4:16:00 PM
Yes, the calm before the rain is there, but in the background there is foreboding anticipation. Thank you for the 'like' :) hugs // paul
Date: 11/22/2014 7:53:00 AM
My God, you chose my favorite to write CCR song to write about !! And my favorite rock n roll band . The lyrics in CCR SONGS ARE PURE POETRY. magnificent POEM, ADDING TO MY FAV LIST AND PM ON THE WAY .
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Date: 11/22/2014 4:18:00 PM
I am so pleased that you like CCR songs...they are amongst the best! Also glad that you enjoyed this write; thank you for the visit ...and the fav! Take care my friend. // paul
Date: 11/22/2014 7:06:00 AM
I really like the way you stir bombing, with the natural tropical downpours. Wonderful write. Best of luck with the comp.
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Date: 11/22/2014 4:20:00 PM
Hi Scott! Thank you for stopping by...and for the insightful comment. Have a nice weekend. // paul
Date: 11/21/2014 8:45:00 AM
Fantastic! From what I have heard, the rain was one of the soldiers greatest challanges.
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Date: 11/21/2014 11:24:00 AM
Thank you Richard. The soldiers had to suffer raining water and bombs. // paul
Date: 11/21/2014 2:56:00 AM
Excellent work!!!
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Date: 11/21/2014 11:14:00 AM
Thank you Terry; unless my memory fails me, this is the first we're meeting on Soup! // paul
Date: 11/20/2014 7:38:00 PM
The echo's of the bombs are still heard today . . . Families from my church in Michigan took in many refugees from this war back in the early 70's and today I have a young lady who works for me who's family was recused before Saigon fell . . . even in death and destruction we find hope. Your gift of words to this war are well penned.
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Date: 11/21/2014 12:55:00 PM
Hi David! Thank you for stopping by and for the lovely comments and hope for the future. // paul
Date: 11/20/2014 6:56:00 PM
I do love this song Paul....Love how you interpret it...unfortunately there will be more wars...Tim
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Date: 11/21/2014 12:52:00 PM
Thank you for the 'like' Tim! We would love to see peace on earth, especially with Christmas on the way, but deep down we know that human nature will shatter our dreams. // paul
Date: 11/20/2014 5:49:00 PM
Paul I mean..Sorry I keep calling you Alfred .
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Date: 11/21/2014 11:56:00 AM
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Date: 11/20/2014 5:48:00 PM
I love this song Alfred ,and your poem.May there never be another war,especially like. Vietnam's. Thanks for sharing this sad and truthful event.May it never repeats itself..Though I do feel many cold wars even in Europe. Awesome!!!
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Date: 11/21/2014 12:17:00 PM
Thank you Charm. I'm much older than you and I can relate to many songs that spoke about the Vietnam war, not only in English, but also in Italian (Gianni Morandi comes to mind). True, cold wars are still present, even in Europe. Have a nice weekend. // paul
Date: 11/20/2014 5:40:00 PM
That stare is a far away stare, one I wouldn't recommend,...good luck in the contest
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Date: 11/21/2014 11:55:00 AM
Thank you for the comment Frederic; that stare is still a characteristic of war veterans living traumatic stress. // paul
Date: 11/20/2014 4:58:00 PM
Thanks for the visit to my page..I am sorry to be so long in responding back..Life has been a little different lately..Sara..Reads like a winner to me..Way to go for the contest..Wonderful job writing from using a song as inspiration..
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Date: 11/21/2014 11:27:00 AM
Thank you for the visit and comments, Sara; I understand that it's not always possible to pay visits...happens to me, too:) Take care. // paul