Red Cross

   emily
  donut dollie

Red Cross

while i was out building morale
you
with your Cobra
were dying

details are relative
your wife waits
unknowing that i think of her at this moment
or
that you never again will

you were just a boy - 19
immature
with much to learn

but you were playing men's games
the stakes were high
and you lost

or rather
we
your team
lost

last night you were drunk
                    (and we wanted to be alone)
so we made excuses
and left you

i`m sorry now
but it's much too late for apologies
you're too busy derosing from the world
and being reassigned to eternity
to know how i feel

unreality
total incomprehension
death is too final to contemplate

dwelling upon the loss of a friend
is death in life

life is for the living
death is for the dead
and so
                Kenny
we must now go our separate ways

good-bye's are sad
but if we'd never said hell-o
we'd not have to say good-bye
and the happiness of your hell-o's
far surpasses
the tragedy of your good-bye

the sad part
                      is not
                               that you're dead

the sad part
                       is
                                that you are no longer alive

i'll miss you
                                kenny

© 1969

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My Vietnam Related Websites:
button Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
button Dusty's Home Page ~ Poetry and prose by a woman who was a nurse in Vietnam
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet

button Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
button Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
button All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
button Battle Dressing ~ The Journey of a Nurse in Vietnam
button Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
button Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998

My Other Websites:
Maybe Later . . . ~ My Creative Nonfiction
Irish in Korea ~ Irish men and women who gave their lives in the Korean War
Literature of the Korean War ~ Don't let the literature be forgotten
Samuel Pepys ~ One of my favorite authors
Chicago Theatre Z - A ~ This is the best theater town in the country!
Soccer Literature ~ I'm a fan and I read
O'Leary Lantern ~ Fire! Fire! Fire!
Gil Thorp ~ THE Coach (apologies to The General!)
Poetry of the First World War ~ Owen, Hardy and others
Chi-COW-go ~ Cowz plus Commentary (this used to be a cow town)
Graham Fulton, Scottish Poet ~ Charles Manson Auditions for the Monkees

Other Important Websites:
The Truth About Caroline ~ a  really good Young Adult book by my niece, Stacey M.
Lane Grosh
Remember Oklahoma City ~  The
Civil Service and Military will NEVER forget!

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