Color Full Words

Color Full Words Martin Luther King and Robert E. Leecelebrate the same national day,in more than one united state. When the first Europeans arrived,freedom of where I live endedfor those of us, already here. Being in tune with living life was burned shot starvedand...

“Look who’s going home.”

“Look who’s going home.” It’s the Tet offensive 1968.We are firing day and night.All birds are knocked deadby the artillery concussion.The jungle is eerily silent. Jennings is a mess sergeantalways busting our asses.A chopper brings in the...

Conflict Snippets

Conflict Snippets. *With time on their hands,they wait in the jungle. We fire day and nightto insure they die there.*Memorial The wailing womanholds her little childon outstretched arms. The convoy passesrefusing to accepther dead offering.*Sittin’ all alonein...

More Snippets

More Snippets*False Gods Let us stopand give thanks for the know howto build bombs that maintain peacehere on earth. Amen.*Flies pass the timestuck to paper on the ceilingin the bathroom.*Marble Head proof of lifechiseledin cold stone.*Do somethingwith your life. Love...

I shout, “I’m coming.”

I shout, “I’M COMING. ” The sun is hotter today.The stink is worse. coagulatedblood n gutsflies(where there used to be eyes)bits n piecesbody partscollectedin zippered bags “You got 10 minutes to chow down!” Lunch timeC rations, a plastic...

Pioneer,

Pioneer,a person who is among the first to exploreor settle a new country or area. Settler,a person who moves with a group of othersto live in a new country or area. The first pioneers to this land mass, arrived here(it is estimated)between 25,000 and 12,000 years...

Forget

Vietnam, a long agostill changing story.be hear live now. war is warnot confined to yesteryearor even yesterday. You want war?Have a ‘my way’ fight. I’m right. No. I’m right. you want war?It’s not mine to givereceive accept whatever...

Fear

Fearin the present or of the futuremay be literal and not so. Literal,You are caged in chainsin an alien world,new language and customs. Forced to be with a matethat speaks another dialectjust to produce babies, to increase the supplyof colored people, called...

“Incoming . . .”

[I Shout “I’m coming . . .”] The sun is hotter today.The stink is worse. coagulated blood n gutsflies (where there used to be eyes)bits n pieces, body partscollected in zippered bags “You got 10 minutes to chow down!” Lunch timeC rations,...

no name, 6

no name, 6 ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, then ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ filled my head after Vietnam. Well, not directly after. Directly after, I was going to get a job in the newly established computer field. That’s where the money was...

no name 5

no name, 5 I am liking this ‘no name’ continuation. It frees mind from ‘thinking in the box’. That takes more work than is necessary, ‘thinking in the box’. Think about it! See what I mean? ‘I follow my feet’ is what I...

Let’s talk about Vietnam.

Let’s talk about Vietnam. a side note: My pen hand is jumpier than usual. Don’t know why.   Back to Vietnam. Let’s see what words pop up. strength in numbers. fear  fear  fear outside in. inside out.   I blocked many outside-in...

Good Friends

Good Friends We left Vietnam, with our friends hanging from choppers. We’re leaving Syria, with our friends hanging from trees. Smokey the Bear says, ‘Always leave your friends, with a loving heart’, or something like that. ‘Trees are our...

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag  is a fun kid’s game. I’ve also played it with 20 men on opposing teams in the Canadian woods. If it were only a game, that’d be great. Regrettably it reflects life in the so-called real world. Winning trumps resolution. Lets break...

War Game Memories

Imagine peering into black, hearing cans jangle, leaning on the M60, sweating bullets, knowing some little fucker is going to slip into the bunker and slit my throat. I got through another night unscathed. Yeah I lived in a 2 man bunker with a brother from...

Suspects

   Blind; without sight + Fold; body of believers = body of believers without sight. three scrawny brown men blindfolded kneeling foreheads in the dust elbows bound tight behind the ROK officer gives a command no sound from the three men a soldier unholsters his 45...

the Space Creep

We get stoned out on the gun. When Brady joins us with his big head, we crack jokes and run for cover. Run for your lives. The Space Creep has landed. Hey brother, take off that head. We hide behind sandbags to blast the Creep with bullets, grenades and the M72 LAW....