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Vietnam Legacy
by Carole Mathys
Monday, May 29, 2006
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~ Vietnam Legacy ~

 

A wall of granite tells a tale

of heroes who never returned

their names, engraved one by one

and the ranks they earned

 

The families all come

touching with trembling hands

the names they loved so well

While their buddies only remember

their months of a living hell

 

Sadly all these memories

become nightmares they canít shake

Reliving all the horrors

is more than they can take

 

They went to war as children

not schooled in killing then

and some came home to loved ones

as hardened and broken men

 

They were no parades or speeches

no laureate creating poems

there were no dignitaries greeting them

as they came marching home

 

Now, many years have come and gone

for many, their lives destroyed

Minds stuck in a time warp

where some drink to fill the void

 

To all the valiant young

who lived the horror somehow

they deserve more than our

respect and compassion now

 

© 2006

Carole Mathys

 

 


 
 

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Reviewed by William Bonilla 9/10/2006
Written with so much passion
this was a beautiful write Carole
Thanks for sharing
I vist the wall myself
And I knew tears were going to fall
as I walked closer to the wall
I tried my best to hold them back
But to no avail, the flowed betwenn sobs
As my hands touched the cold granite
That immortalizes them.

Love & Peace
William
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/18/2006
You capture the images so graphic.. May we all open our hearts!!!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/2/2006
Lump in the throat, can barely see to review. Thank you. A powerful, powerful write, sadly needed. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Amy Avatar 6/1/2006
Yes, this one hurts all right...
Our brave and strong sons going off
to fight and only some come back...
but broken and torn...
Very educative Carole...and I believe
that if the entire
world reads this and understand the
powerful message here, then the
need to fight will simply disappear...
Amy Ramdass
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/1/2006
This is a very sad reminder and it is a truth that does hurt, Carole. You are absolutely right in what you express via your verses. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 6/1/2006
You know Sis Carole, if ANYONE deserves to live in this nation with free medical care and life insurance for the rest of their lives, it should be the families of service people whose names are on that wall, not the political elite who sent them to fight before they understood the power of peace.
This was deeply touching,
cynth'ya
Reviewed by E. Richardson 5/31/2006
Incredibly moving...this is simply good work, Carole
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/30/2006
"A wall of granite tells a tale"... this had me moved and hooked from the very first instant, Carole. This enduring epitaph says it all, as do your words which go on to elaborate on the stoicism and endurance of heros with unsentimental honesty, conferring on them the respect and dignity they deserve. A gritty and stirring write, thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/30/2006
How sadly true, Carole, and there are far too many who need help they never get.
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/30/2006
The bullets that kill these honorable vets did not come from the battle field but from our own callousness and indifference. God bless these Vets of war.
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