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Our War
by Budd Nelson

Thursday, January 05, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Rememberance of Viet Nam written in February 1993.

The dense night sky rained molten thunder
A deafening melee of painted metal
Painting an eerie red glow of death
against the heavy scent of old rice paddies
and the decay of ancient jungle
Not a place to vacation, this is called war
Our continued existence unsure
Life here is cheap, only the body count soars

To live and be sound, you cannot care
Yet bonds once formed, much stronger than any before
Jungle rot, agent orange and death
Loss of limb and delayed stress are your rewards
We have come here not by our request
left our loves and our lives, for our lives they dread
Yet at home they abhor us, protest
Is it us, or them, who really gives a damn

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Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 12/28/2012
Semper Fi, Budd.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/5/2012
Vietnam vets got a shitty deal. Soldiers should never have to endure the political wrath of an unpopular war, period. Thank you for your service Budd. Patrick
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