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Thread #9359 Message #2748016
Posted By: 5thgroup
19-Oct-09 - 01:03 PM
Thread Name: Songs about Vietnam War
Subject: RE: Songs about Vietnam War
In this and the next two posts are three poems wrought by my meager hand.
THE A-TEAM NIGHT
The monsoon's hot rain had washed away
Day's light. We could not see, yet knew
The fight to come. We huddled there
In the mud, weapons in our hands.
Ready to die, hoping to live,
Not knowing which would be.
There is no way out save dying.
I cannot just get up and leave.
I cannot change yesterday's dead.
I cannot help my buddies through
This hell to come tonight.
There - in the wire!
A shadowed form slips in to blow
Us apart, then die.
Stop him NOW!
But no one can.
The Captain is dead in the blast.
Screams and shouts and shots fill the air.
Confusion is all about me.
I fire and fire at ghostly figures.
I shall die, still I fire at them
As the wave breaks over us.
Artillery and rockets strike.
Some ours, some theirs. But yet, the dead
Do not know, nor care, which side sent
The killing shot. There is no flag
To wave over the wasted lives.
To furl over the graves.
In the dawn as the smoke drifts by
Haggard spectres rise and gather
Over those dead and dying men
To count the cost; to ease the pain
Of the wounded and the untouched.
And to ask, "Why not me?"
Still, twenty years after that night,
I sit and cry for those who died
Where I should have. I cannot change
The loss, but yet I feel the hurt
For I am here and they are not.
"Why?" I ask again, "Why?"