Saints and Heroes

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    Saints and Heroes

    Mature before their time

    Spending years in numbered beds

    Trying to remember who they were

    Before getting shot

    Wounded

    Whatever

    Before their dreams got bulldozed

    By a cold draft blowing in

    Through an inhospitable window

     

    Spending conscience money

    That took too many phone calls and letters

    To squeeze out of mountains of knee-jerk indifference

    Tied up and together by reluctant computer banks

    And over-the-top budgets

     

    Waiting for hospitals to heal hearts and minds

    On lines too long to count

     

    Spitting up bloody meals

    In secret trips to the can

    While Mother Nature ticks away their youth

    Without a word of genuine concern

     

    Unemployed casualties

    Long-walking in parks

    Searching for prophesies of better times ahead

    And laughing secretly

    At the sheer absurdity of war

     

    These are some of their campaigns

    Some of the battles fought

    Won

    And lost

    By those who were

    Are

    And will always be

    By someone else’s choice and design

    The last remnant of yet another vanishing minority

     

     

     

     

    The other Vet didn’t go to Viet Nam

    He went to Canada instead

    And forgot for a while

    What it means to live in the good old U.S. of A.

     

    He burned his draft card

    And learned what it feels like

    To say ‘NO’ to Uncle Sam

     

    A part of him wanted to say ‘yes’

    But something

    Or someone else

    Was in control at the time

    So he became a dodger

     

    Some of him is a hero

    Part of him is a saint

    While the rest of him is having second thoughts

    Because now

    The draftees who went to Viet Nam

    Are the saints and heroes

     

     

    John Christopher

    1977

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    Charlie23 commented on Saints and Heroes

    08-28-2009

    At first I thought the formatting was off, but then I thought maybe intential because of the turn the poem took. I appreciate all our nations veterans!

    Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.

    T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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