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Offline LeighBright

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"Soliloquy of the Vietnam War," by Jerry McKinney
« on: October 04, 2004, 08:49:00 PM »
taken from the [Veterans and Families' Guide to Recovering From PTSD, pg. 68].

"Soliloquy of the Vietnam War"

A long time ago, and far away
So many brave young men fought and died
It was an unpopular war, so the critics say,
And the politicians they all lied.

As the mounted bodies
In the backs of planes
Returned to our native land,
Mothers, Fathers loved ones all
Grieved and cried in pain,
Never to hold their soldier again
Only a hollow war's refrain.

As the flag draped coffins
Were lowered down,
And the guns
They gave their salute.
The family flinched with each rifle's report
And the bugler blew his last toot.

Life goes on or so they say,
But for some it never does.
We remember our fallen brothers each day
And sob . . . Just because.

- Jerry McKinney [Vietnam combat veteran]
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"Soliloquy of the Vietnam War," by Jerry McKinney
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2004, 09:00:00 PM »
Adapting Jerry McKinney's "Soliloquy of the Vietnam War."

A long time ago, but not so far away
So many children suffered and died.
It was a popular war, so the proponents say,
And the politicians they all complied.

As the mounted bodies
Of suicidal kids still stuck in the back of group
Returned to our un-fostered homes
Mothers, Fathers, loved ones all
Grieved and cried in pain,
Never to hold their child again
Only a hollow cult's refrain.

As the un-draped coffins
Were lowered down
Nancy Reagan and a bevy of drug czars
Gave their salute.
The family flinched with each false report,
And the druggie blew his last toot.

Life goes on, or so they say,
But for some it never does.
We remember our fallen program survivors each day
And get enraged . . . Just because.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 PM by Guest »