Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It's Been 49 Years, But It Still Hurts


Good Day World!

"Life happens, coffee helps."-Anonymous

My morning coffee is as strong as my memories from Vietnam, and Cambodia.

Especially this week. In May of 1970, I was part of a force of American troops who went into Cambodia chasing our enemy the North Vietnamese.

In my first 10 days there I heard (on Armed Forces radio) that national guard troops killed students at Kent State University (May 4th); and I survived an ambush that took my best friend's life on May 8th. 

It's been 49 years and I still continue to try to process these events. This year, I have an essay and three poems that reflect my tortured feelings on both subjects.

Essay - Coming Home

PoemFlashbacks

Poem - Night Firefights

Poem - Last Warning

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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