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American Soldier of Vietnam
by Christy Tillery French

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

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He was sent to fight a war
Never really knowing what for
Told he was fighting communism
When actually it was for capitalism.

Going in-country
Fungus eating at his feet
Trudging through the rice paddies
Searching for the VC

Writing letters back home
Knowing tomorrow he could be gone
Wishing he could talk to his mom
Feeling so god-awful lonesome.

Just an average American boy
Who used to look at guns as toys
Watching his friends die one by one
Their bodies lying in the sun.

Used to smoke nothing but cigarettes
Now he's into pot, opiods, and hash
Uses them to take his mind away
To a time where he would like to stay.

Anxiously waits for the mail to come
Praying it won't be a "dear John"
Wonders how in the hell he got to this place
All these dead men, it's such a waste.

When he left, he was just a boy
Who looked at life with such joy
Now he's grown into a cynical man
Who no longer dares to plan.







Dedicated to all the Vietnam Vets, and especially Jimmy Tallent (1952-1972), a dear friend who left for Vietnam seeing angels and came back seeing demons. God bless you, Jimmy.

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Reviewed by Victor Jensen 4/6/2011
This one really makes me feel the dread of war and think of the real victims. the ones who return imvisibly scared for life'
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/2/2010
a sensitive and empathetic write-such a travesty for these boys all the way around
Reviewed by Donald Balsley 4/6/2009
Very, very nice. I would expand on it a little for it covers all the wars vets. Those of us that served, but did not have to face the hell some did, "Thank You Father". God Bless Don
Reviewed by John Domino 8/15/2008

A very nice tribute! Well done!
I can relate because I spent 24 yrs. in the service. My friend Vinny went to Viet Nam when he returned he was not the same.
God Bless them all.

Reviewed by Jack Lowe 10/2/2007
Insightful and sensitively handled. A well-written poem.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/19/2006
This poetry definetly made me smile, been there, done that, different year, but same theory, luck was on my side, but I wish no other the same ride... Operation Desert Storm, short war but I was in it, or shall we say in the middle of it...
Roger and Birgit
Reviewed by Leslie Bond 1/31/2006
I will always respect the vietnam vet's. My wife and I took care of a paralysed viet nam vet for 7 years. He passed a year ago. Honor to your poem, and to all vets. Amen. Leslie
Reviewed by Silke Lance, Dr. Ph (Reader) 12/7/2004
A wonderful tribute.
Very powerful.
Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 8/31/2004
Thank you for this moving tribute. Bless every, single one who has and, still, serves our country.
Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader) 8/23/2004
Christy, excellent, a poignant reminder what war is really about.

Reg.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 5/10/2004
Hi Christy:

Seems like history repeats itself and gets more intense every time. God bless all of those who are caught in the crossfire. Angels will always watch over the innocent.

blessin', very nice poem, a tribute created with true soul.
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/27/2004
Powerful message, Christy. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/26/2004
Christy,

A very well-poised and poignant poem...well penned!

Robert
Reviewed by Nickolaus Pacione 3/24/2004
This reminds me of my two uncles who served in Nam, one talks about the time he saw over there -- the other doesn't. One jumped out of the helicopters and the other repaired generators. This is a good write, and one that needed to be said.
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 3/3/2004
Very moving write, Christy! Thanks for posting it!

Hugs,

Victoria
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 2/18/2004
angels become demons to us in places like those battlefields...thanks for writing this poem...it helps me to understand a little better the pain those heroes suffer...very well-crafted poem.
Reviewed by Karen Cino 11/14/2003
Awesome dedication to our Vietnam Vets.

Karen
Reviewed by Rodd Jokre 11/1/2003
wow... nice dedication... written true...
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 9/1/2003
Yes, that's why I write my war poems, but nobody listens. Good job anyway.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/27/2003
poignant read,
married two nam vets, one died never knowing the country had finally made a half way thanks to those who fought,
the other lives with nightmares and limping and cuts to vets and less va benefits
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 8/14/2003
Sad - well written.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/11/2003
Jeez! Ya gotta stand in line around here just to make a comment. Here is mine: THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS.
Reviewed by Masood Lohar 7/30/2003
MY God... It is so powerful. It touches my heart. The "dear John" kinda touch can tell you write, right sittting inside your charachter.
Reviewed by Jeanette 7/22/2003
A very heartfelt poem.
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 7/14/2003

This is excellent. The descriptions are REMARKABLE! They truly opened my senses. This is a very tender and fitting tribute!

Thank you,
Emilie
Reviewed by Marco Landi 7/8/2003
great work Christy......
Reviewed by E. Richardson 6/1/2003
This is really good. We all came back from that experience seeing demons...and still do.
Thanks for these words and your dedication.

E.W. Richardson, USMC, Vietnam 1969-70
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/28/2003
Handsome man. Good poem
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/28/2003
heartwrenching write! :( (((HUGS))) and love, your texas friend, karen lynn. >tears <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/28/2003
(((christy)))

powerful, heartbreaking poem...well done.

(((i'm sorry for the loss of your friend)))

((((HUGS)))) and love,

karla. :(
Reviewed by J. Cheek (Reader) 5/14/2003
Powerful poem, Christy. As a Korean Vet, I know the truth embedded in your words. See my poem "BBQ on the Grass" at http://www.authorsden.com/jcharlescheek
John
Reviewed by Janet Terry 2/9/2003
Christy this tugs at the heart strings and helps one relate to our military boys.
Reviewed by Dennis Michels (Reader) 9/10/2002
If only history were a chaulk board and bad memories chaulk marks. Then the kindness of a poets would could erase the pain and return the joy.
Reviewed by Sherry Russell BCBT BCETS 6/25/2002
Christy,
Such powerful words. I shed tears reading this insightful poem. It brought back the memories of friends and cousins taken from this life way to soon in a war where the rules seemed constantly up for grabs. As I always thank any veteran I meet for his/her service, I would like to thank you for writing this sensitive jewel. Thanks Sherry
sensitive
Reviewed by Joyce Rapier 6/11/2002
Christy,
You've touched a heart with this poem. Having a relative who fought the awful batle
in Nam, I have seen first hand how war can ruefully destroy a persons life, not to mention
how their reflections on such a war can embed a persons mind. Although my husbands' uncle did not
do the things mentions in your poem and he had a family who was there for him when he
returned, it is still hard for him to discuss the mahem and destruction that reached out for
him in so many ways. My prayer is that this whole world can live in peace and know that God
is God for everyone.
Joyce Rapier
Windy John's me 'n tut
authorsden.com/joycelrapier
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/28/2002
I truly hope that the with time the demons will leave their minds. Charlie a special person to me; fought his demons to his death. I hope he has found peace.
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 5/13/2002
A moving and wonderful piece.....thank you
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/9/2002
Thank you for this sad but true dedication to our nam vets...they deserve more...for what they endured from their own countrymen...due to the atmosphere of the times
Reviewed by Dens Dreamweaver (Reader) 4/9/2002
I remember as a child watching my dad as he left for 'Nam. I don't think I had a clue as to what that even meant back then. I was one of the lucky ones. My dad made it back, and was even able to refind his joy in life. Many, many of his friends weren't so lucky. May God bless them all, in my book they are all Hero's. And we, as a nation, should be ashamed of the way they were treated ( and still are treated) when they came home....
Love and Light
dreamweaver
Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 4/9/2002
Heartfelt..... if only...but thats only a dream... that fades to reality..of today.. haunted by memories. (Silent prayers for peace.)
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 4/9/2002
Oh, Christy, this hits a nerve...so many young men came back this way--"Now he's grown into a cynical man/Who no longer dares to plan." Very moving...
Reviewed by angel michael 4/9/2002
sad but, true....

~~michael~~
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