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Broken Soldiers, Vietnam Vets

by Melissa Martin  
11/04/2011 / Poetry

Broken soldiers existing in American VA hospitals,
They never left Vietnam.

The stench of war seeped into their bones,
Death's smell permeates their civilian clothes.

Human atrocities scarred their psyches,
Unspeakable bloodshed robbed their innocence.

Trying to cope with images of slaughtered humanity,
Alcohol pickled their brains, LSD clouded their reality.

Unbearable pain dances in their memories,
Chaos rules their soul, numbs their spirit.

Fractured soldiers struggling in America,
Trying so hard to leave Vietnam.

Graying hair and pony tails whisper stories,
Unforgotten friends are dead but not buried.

Avant-garde hippies of the 70's fighting for peace,
Drafted by an armchair king bathed in deception.

Healing soldiers living in American society,
Weeping at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall.

Melissa writes about the God and human connection and condition.

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