A Just and Noble Cause
We picked up the burden from generations
We grew up, went to school and then to war.
Some volunteered, But
mostly we obeyed in our turn.
We said tough luck, no sweat, or freedom had
to be earned.
We knew Communism or Fascism was all the same
Darwin for personal gain
Of control over another,
And not national
And Christian love of your brother.
Kennedy chose a place to
fight and set the tone.
But bullets stopped his voice and we were alone.
A faint hearted Beltway then brewed up theories with gin and brie,
Maneuvering feeble rhetoric safe behind LMD's.
We were their blood,
sinews and brains.
We died or were crippled to ease their pains,
From embarrassing questions
Which might bring to light
were afraid to honor the Republic
And stand for the right,
and families to own their own lands,
To work for themselves,
boot out the rascals
Who held power in hand.
The NVA agree we were
They also enjoyed a final triumph glorious.
"You may have
fought until you drove us to ground,"
"But your reporters, politicians and
students" "Performed such capers."
"Lucky for us they believed Mao"
"And not the Federalist Papers."
At the end of Tet we walked the
And stacked the dead sweet, warm and moist all around.
could see and smell,
But they already had their story to tell.
home Americans raised the enemy banner,
While the media said we lost and
created the manner.
Well, we couldn't cover our six and complete the
The present tense, intense allowed no omission.
together all the way.
We couldn't call in sick, if we felt tired that day.
Washington made us bomb the places That hurt Ho the least,
us stop if the pain increased.
We fled forward at 500 knots
squeaking through black stars and bright streaks,
Till the slowing of time
with increasing haste
Brought a shudder and a divergence of fates.
Some we loved the enemy would char and kill.
Some we loved are
Many came home in whole or part,
While some felt the
Their suffering built NVA courage and power.
Jane came over
To mock, revile and glower.
In the Delta we didn't
go the way of the French and Japanese.
Instead, we drove the Cong into the
The VC pounded hard
And years it took to drive them
Finally, we let them hold some land,
Provided the tide was out.
So react with a left roll pulling six G's.
Remember movement, sight
alignment and trigger squeeze.
And should you loose the bubble and start to
Order formation course and speed, if you please.
about family and home.
Forget the reasons for fighting you saw as your own.
Rules of engagement are for Victorian wives.
They also help to save
Plan to die or be maimed,
When pieces of metal
clip off an arm or flick out your brain.
Look to your fellow G.I.,
your worth comes from caring for him as you die.
But not to worry!
Mom baked a chocolate cake to welcome us home.
But not to worry!
We got an apartment to call our own.
We went back to school and
then got married.
At work they seemed so harried.
The decor appeared to
The restroom deodorant was just too strong.
experience has no relevance to needs of the firm."
"You must start at the
"We play for keeps here and you have so much to learn."
"Look, they put our names into black stone."
"Well isn't that
"They finally want to atone."
"Yeah, they should cut our names
into the Berlin Wall."
"That would be the best testimony of all."
we were alive no one would speak with authority."
"Who would have thought"
"Eastern Europe would be the silent majority."
This story was contributed: Nolan