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"Next, have those who lost legs crawl forward and neatly/ stack them. Then bowl the skull of your best killed buddy/ down the aisle / Finally, have the blind push the quadruplegics forward /
(they will have knives in their teeth to give to the legislators /
to use on themselves). We leave."
Or: "Today you reached retirement/ with a disturbed and primal conscience / .... / Drunk and stoned, down in your worst /
moment, you subpoenaed yourself /
into believing the mission /
was more important than the man."
Or: "Terrified, by the death grins. /
Afraid, I'll be one of the dead. /
Wondering, why did I ever think, /
it wouldn't be as bad as they said?"
Soldiers' stories told in the veterans' poetry, from the archives
of the Viet Nam Generation Journal.
posted by orthogonality
on Mar 20, 2006 -