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VIETNAM WAR POETRY

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Page One

ON THE FLIGHT TO SOUTH VIETNAM October, 1966

ON LEAVE BEFORE GOING TO WAR October, 1966
 San Francisco, California

I AM OFF TO WAR, MY GENTLE CAROL October, 1966 
San
Francisco, California

I WANTED THE WORLD October, 1966 Berkeley, California

SECRET SUN Originally written 1966 – revised July, 1998

LONELY IS A RESERVOIR December, 1966 Somewhere in 
War Zone D - South Vietnam

      

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Page Two

I LEARNED ABOUT WAR LAST NIGHT December 28, 1966 
Phu Loi South Vietnam

NAPALMED VILLAGE – SOUTH VIETNAM January 16, 1967 
Hobo Woods, South Vietnam

ENTERTAINMENT April 3, 1967 Unknown LZ , South Vietnam

FUNERAL FIRES August 17, 1967
War Zone C, South Vietnam

A POET HAS HOPE August 12, 1967 War Zone C, South Vietnam

A LITTLE GIRL BEGGED US NOT TO KILL HER FAMILY’S FARM  
July 15, 1967
An unidentified LZ, South Vietnam

Page Three

FLOOD – VIETNAM June 6, 1967  South Vietnam

FOURTH OF JULY 1967 – SOUTH VIETNAM July 4, 1967 Somewhere over the Delta - South Vietnam

WASHINGTON LORDS AND KINGS March 13, 1967 Phu Loi, South Vietnam

CAROL – HAS IT BEEN A HUNDRED YEARS? July 1967 South Vietnam

AMERICAN DREAMS June 1967 
War Zone C – South Vietnam

ON SEEING AN EXPECTANT MOTHER August 1967 Phu Loi , South Vietnam

Page Four

EMPTY POCKETS April, 1967 
 South Vietnam 

JUST ANOTHER WHOREHOUSE – SOUTH VIETNAM March 16, 1967 
Phu Loi, South Vietnam

GOOD GUYS ALWAYS WIN – RIGHT? April, 1967 On some hilltop in South Vietnam

BLACK BROTHER August, 1967
 South Vietnam

NATIONAL ANTHEM CEMETERIES June 14, 1967 The Iron Triangle, South Vietnam

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NAHN TRANG BEACH – SOUTH VIETNAM February, 1967 South Vietnam

I LOOK FOR REASON September, 1967 Nahn Trang, South Vietnam

R & R FLIGHT TO JAPAN June, 1967 Over the South China Sea

NO ASYLUM June, 1967 Over the Sea of Japan

AMERICA 1967 April 1967 Phu Cong South Vietnam

Page Six

THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS ON R & R 1967 Written while on R & R – Japan

IN MEMORY OF AL DURELL –US 56-422-224 1967 Written while on R & R - Japan

WRAPPED IN NATIONAL FLAGS August, 1967 South Vietnam

RAIN July 5, 1967 South Vietnam

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Page Seven

SURVIVOR September 27, 1967 South Vietnam

SUNRISE VIETNAM August 8, 1967 South Vietnam

CONSECRATED MOMENTS March 14, 1967 South Vietnam

JOHN F. KENNEDY REMEMBERED November 22, 1966 in country

THE BELLS TOLL August 17, 1967 An old French rubber tree plantation in South Vietnam

Page Eight

BEYOND THE QUIET August 17, 1967 Iron Triangle, South Vietnam

HELICOPTER BLUES September, 1967  Flying some where over Cambodia

DEATH SEASONS June 17, 1967 Some where over the Delta, South Vietnam

LEAVING SOUTH VIETNAM November 6, 1967 On a Freedom Bird back to the USA

I PICKED UP A NEWSPAPER TODAY OR WAS IT YESTERDAY? November, 1968 The Unemployment Office - San Jose, California

Page Nine

VIETNAM SUNSETS FOREVER  
1968 San Francisco, California

NO MORE BLUE SKIES December, 1968 
San Francisco, California

DREAM-LIGHT DOES FADE WITH AGE August, 1970 Monterey, California

HAD A GOOD FRIEND ONCE June, 1978
San Jose, California

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Page Ten

TALKING TO MY CHILDREN ABOUT THE WAR - I FORGOT TO LIE! December, 1974 Berkeley, California

I WENT TO YOUR WAR June, 1974
 San Jose, California

THE WALL REMEMBERS YOUR NAME January, 1989 At The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, DC

REFLECTIONS ON THE WALL - VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL 1998 Washington Vietnam Veteran’s Monument

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