Poetry Corner: “Vietnamese War Memories”

Vietnamese War Memories

Sleek
and
silent
the B52 birds knife up through the dense tropical air
and when over their target spawn the eggs of their doom
upon the unsuspecting below
but the unofficial mission leaks to the Fifth Estate
“NAPALM BURNS AND MAIMS 700”

In a private conference the generals are most perturbed
and shout “God Damned press bastards”

Millions with but a temporary interest
gobble down the evening news over Swanson TV dinners
and agree with the generals
that it was the gooks, commies and Cong
with their propaganda machine

The Smiths and Jones thought all this deserved less attention
after all war is war
and they switch to “Rat Patrol” or “Hogan’s Heroes”
where war will always be fun and
Painless

Robert K. Stephen

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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