Vietnam

49 years since the Tet offensive

And the murders of King and Kennedy.

 

The Ken Burns documentary

Reopens old wounds.

For anti-war activists, veterans

And the many who became both

 

The conflict was brutal and absurd.

How could our “leaders” so mislead?

Dishonestly seeking political and moral cover

While sending 57,000 American boys to die.

Killing hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese.

For what?

 

I’ve been to Vietnam.

Not then, but a few years ago.

 

I had to see first-hand people

Who defied the calculation that the infliction of pain

From airplanes and helicopters

Will bring surrender.

 

On camera they express a quiet pride in their victory,

Pain at their fallen comrades and ravaged land.

Some sympathy for the American boys who died.

And an acceptance that does not diminish

Their embrace of what they accomplished

October, 2017

 

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